Volunteer archaeologists uncover historical Roman temple in Netherlands – Reuters

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AMSTERDAM, June 21 (Reuters) – Archaeologists have found an historical Roman sanctuary with a comparatively intact Roman temple within the Dutch central-east Gelderland province, the nation’s cultural heritage company stated, describing the discover as “exceptional”.

Volunteers made the primary discovery in 2021 in a metropolis close to UNESCO World Heritage Roman Limes – which represents the border line of the Roman empire at its biggest extent within the 2nd century AD – and alerted the company.

“There used to be several temples here. We have found remains of idols, reliefs and painted plaster,” it stated in an announcement.

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“This is very exceptional (not only) for the Netherlands, but also internationally” it stated, including that whereas a number of Roman sanctuaries have been recognized within the Netherlands, this was the primary such full advanced and temple discovered.

Complete votive stones and altars devoted to varied gods and goddesses have been dug up on the location which the company stated was in use for hundreds of years through the Roman Empire.

Various items from the location might be displayed on the Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen, the biggest metropolis in Gelderland.

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Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout, enhancing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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