Late Roman Watchtower, 1:87

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Late Roman Limes Watchtower, 1:87

Scale model cardboard kit of a roman watchtower from the Limes. The parts have to be cut out with scissors, folded and glued. Difficulty "very easy", consisting of 2 carboard sheets. Highly detailed paper modeling for the hobby enthusiast, suitable for individual diorama construction and educational purposes for schools and museums. Size 8x8x13 cm.

 

Roman stone watchtower

Since the 1st century AD, the Roman legions had permanent troop bases in the peripheral provinces in order to protect the borders of the Roman Empire. More than half of the approximately 30 legions were stationed from the mouth of the Rhine to the Danube on the northern border of the empire. The border section between Rheinbrohl (Koblenz-Bonn area) and Kelheim an der Donau was considered to be particularly endangered. Therefore from 85 AD on a fortification, the so-called Limes, secured this section. The older parts of the Limes consisted of a palisade fence, a moat and a wall. In other places a wall almost 3 m high and 1 m thick formed the border.

A number of observation posts were built along the 548 km long “Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes”. The older wooden towers were replaced by stone watchtowers in the middle of the 2nd century AD. The ruins of their foundations are often still preserved and can be visited. These excavations and the reliefs on the Trajan's Column in Rome allow a reconstruction of the stone castles that is almost true to the original.
An example of a reconstructed Limes watchtower can be seen in the Saalburg near Frankfurt. The tower platform was reached via ladders that could be quickly raised in the event of an attack. Over time, settlements developed near the watchtowers. Many place names still remind of their Roman origin.
A border fortification similar to that of the Limes, the so-called Hadrian's Wall, was built in Britain, where Emperor Hadrian (AD 117-138) had the north of the country cordoned off.

 

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