Spain Discover 66 Military Sites Dating Back To The Time Of The Roman Empire
Using data, satellite images and aerial photos, scientists have discovered 66 archaeological sites in northwestern Spain dating back to the period of the Roman conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the first century BC.
Geo sciences reports that all the sites that have been discovered: army camps, shelters and training grounds, are located in the northern part of the Duero River basin, at the foot of the Cantabrian Mountains, where at the end of the first century BC the conflict between the locals and the Romans broke out.
This discovery helped Spanish scholars and their colleagues from Britain to draw up a map of the spread and distribution of Roman fortifications, and to identify the methods of the military strategy of the Romanian forces and their movements. According to the scientists, this allowed them to obtain exciting new information about the 200-year-long conflict for the Iberian Peninsula.
By analyzing and installing the images and data in their possession, as well as using drones, the researchers discovered and collected them using various methods, the methods that the Romanian forces and their makeshift camps were often rectangular in shape, and the borders of settlements from the remnants of trenches or stone or dirt fences that are barely visible today.
Joao Fonte, an archaeologist from the University of Exeter, says, “We have identified many sites, because we used different methods to probe the Earth, such as scanning with laser beams from the air, aerial photography, etc., which helped us discover the boundaries of these sites even in low places, and it turned out that they were equipped with the necessary requirements.” It is suitable for long stays even in cold seasons.
The number of discovered sites reached 66 sites, and this, according to the scientists, indicates that the number of Roman forces in these areas was much more than previously thought. All this indicated that the Romanian forces were receiving significant logistical support. Soldiers would move between the fortified points, using the mountains as natural protection.
Experts assume that the goal of the occupation of the Iberian Peninsula was to expand the borders of the Roman Empire, and also to exploit its resources of ores such as gold and tin.
It should be noted that most of the military sites that were discovered are located in the immediate vicinity of the later established Roman cities – Lyon, Astorga, and others. The camp of Emperor Augustus himself was located near the village of Sassamon in the province of Burgos.