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UPDATED: 07:22, September 14, 2006
Romanian archaeologists discover Roman stronghold
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Romanian archaeologists have unearthed an unknown Roman stronghold dating back more than 2,000 years in the southwest Mehedinti County, Romanian Rompres news agency reported on Wednesday.

The archaeologists discovered that the fortification, in the Izvoarele locality, was from the time of the Roman emperor Diocletian, showing that it was built after the Romans withdrew their armies from Dacia (271-274 BC). The fortification was one of the strongholds in the defence system built by the Romans along the Danube.

Manager of the local Iron Gates Region Museum Ion Stanga said the discovery was very important for Romanian history, "as it proves that even after Roman emperor Aurelian's withdrawal, the territory north of the Danube continued to be ruled by the Romans, countering theses that question the Romanian people's ethnogenesis."

Source: Xinhua

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