Preserved foundations of the Roman watchtower in Volubilis | Photo: Karol Bartczak
In the ancient city of Volubilis, in northern Morocco, remains of a Roman watchtower were found, which was included in the defence system of Mauritania Tingitana, the westernmost Roman province.
The tower was built on a rectangular plan measuring 5 by 5.5 meters. Stone remains inside the building suggesting that the building was probably in the form of stairs allowing it to enter the upper floor. Traces of ceramics were also found on the site, which allowed us to determine that the tower was used in the 2nd-3rd century CE.
Near the discovered tower, another stone object was also found – 25 by 25 meters – which was also probably made by legionnaires.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the city of Volubilis was lost to the Romans in 285 CE, under pressure from local tribes.