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May 26, 2004

De Bloemert

Excavations are shedding light on one of Rome's neighbours, a village near the contemporary Dutch holiday resort of De Bloemert.

What is special about this is the fact that the village stood outside the Roman Empire 150km to the north of the border formed by the Rhine, in fact. In those days that represented many days of travel, and yet the finds from the Roman period indicate that there was a lot of contact with the Romans. To the locals these foreigners may have been intimidating - representatives of the Superpower of their time - but were also people with whom one could deal.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 26, 2004 08:47 AM

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