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51. Ellingen Fort

Ellingen City, Landkreis Weissenburg-Gunzenhausen

Ellingen City, Landkreis Weissenburg-Gunzenhausen. The north-front of the fort rebuilt according to an excavation of the entire fort. View from east. Picture down - Site of the fort. View from the east.

The simple stone fort around 1.7 km behind the Limes line bore the name castellum Sablonetum in Roman times. With an area of 0.7 ha (90 x 180 m), its dimensions, and the two gates opposite each other, it resembles comparable numerus forts. It was built around the year 120 AD and was occupied until at least the beginning of the 3rd century. After initial excavations by the Reichs-Limeskommission (Kohl), the fort was thoroughly archaeologically investigated by the State Office for Monument Conservation in the years 1980 – 1982, and partly reconstructed.

The area of the archaeological monument in the former Burg area is today used for agriculture and is in parts crossed by field paths. Single finds and aerial photographs show an extension of the civilian settlement and other military establishments both further to the east, and also to the west, up to the present-day edge of the town of Ellingen. The north wall, with the ditch in front of it, and the north-west tower have been partly built up again.


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