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Reconstruction of Roman observation tower

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Reconstruction of a Roman watchtower
Reconstruction of Roman observation tower

The reconstruction of the Roman observation tower in Fectio – the Roman camp – which was built in 2004. Fectio – present Vechten – was an important defense center, which also served as a base for the Roman army to start campaigns.

The tower was made of wood and consisted of three levels. In the upper part there was probably an armory and an observation deck from which you could give fire or smoke signals to nearby forts (eg. Traiectum or Levefanum).

In the middle part of the tower there was a bedroom of sentries and a door to the tower. Underground, in turn, there was a basement, which could be entered by a ladder.

Towers of this type were located on the southern bank of the Rhine; on the traces of several of them, it was found west of Utrecht (then Vleuten) and in Germany.

The Fectio camp was created during the war campaigns of Tiberius in 4-5 BCE, and destroyed in 275 CE.

Sources
  • Fectio Watchtower, "Livius"
  • Fectio (Vechten), "Livius"

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