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Julius Caesar Used Wooden Spikes On The Fences Of His Camps To Deter Enemies Much Like Barbed Wire Does Today, And Now, Archaeologists In Germany Have Unearthed Remnants Of This Roman Era Military Technique For The Very First Time

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During the first century B.C.E., Julius Caesar waged a war against the people of Gaul. One of the military techniques he used to deter enemies was to line the fences of his camps with small wooden stakes sharpened into points, similar to the barbed wire of today.

While the wooden spikes were documented in historical records, no evidence of them had ever been found until recently.

For the first time, experts from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, have stumbled across remnants of the wooden spikes from the Roman era that were still intact. In addition, they debunked a long-held belief about the history of the area.

The spikes were located in the German town of Bad Ems. Since 2019, an archaeologist named Frederic Auth has been leading excavations there.

However, archaeological discoveries at the site go back much further. In 1897, processed silver and metal slag were unearthed, causing experts to think that a Roman smelting operation was once established at the site.

Built in 110 C.E., Limes was a fortification that was part of the northern border wall surrounding the Roman Empire. It sat nearby, further supporting the theory about the smelting operation.

Researchers had been under the impression that the two were connected. But in 2016, a local hunter noticed that a grain field in Bad Ems had strange variations in color, indicating that traces of structures might be found just beneath the ground.

A drone was used to capture photographs of the field, and the images revealed a long stretch of tracks that looked like they had been made by a tractor. It turned out to be a “double ditch that framed a Roman camp.”

After excavations were conducted, researchers uncovered two military camps. And most recently, they found wooden spikes in the second camp.

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