A unique Roman inscription
was found during archaeological excavations near Valkenburg in South Holland
. This is a text on one of the poles of an old Roman
road, along the current N206. According to the province, no such discovery has been made in the Netherlands before.
It is a inscription
on a wooden pole of the second cohort of Roman
citizens. That was a unit of the Roman
army that acted as a contractor and carried out all kinds of construction work
, Omroep West
The text is 'COH
II CR', which is the abbreviation for Cohors
II Civium Romanorum. The inscription
from the year 125 AD.
Curator Jasper de Bruin is enthusiastic about the find. "Until recently, it was not known whether the Roman
road was built by soldiers, civilians, locals or perhaps slaves," he says.
"Now it appears that almost 2000 years ago, the second cohort of Roman
citizens built the road at Valkenburg, which can be seen as the predecessor of the current Rhineland Route." According to De Bruin, this shows that the Roman
road was built very systematically.
The excavations are part
of the archaeological investigation of the Roman Limes
, the ancient northern border
of the Roman Empire
. This find will be further investigated in the coming period. The results will be published next year.https://nos.nl/artikel/2294232-unieke-romeinse-tekst-gevonden-bij-valkenburg-zh.html