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Earliest military camp discovered at Carnuntum

Archaeologists have discovered one of the earliest Roman military camps in the Carnuntum on the Danube near Vienna.

The discovery of the extensive military camp, that is believed to be the size of six football pitches, was done using a high tech radar machine that can detect objects deep into the ground.

The camp was unearthed at the Archaeological Park Carnuntum, located in Lower Austria between Vienna and the Slovakian capital Bratislava. It was discovered near to the remains of an ancient village and researchers believe it is probably the earliest military camp at Carnuntum.

The discovery follows that made a few years ago in the same area of a colossal Roman gladiator school that once stood on the banks of the River Danube.

The remains were also discovered using innovative non-invasive archaeological techniques such as aerial mapping and ground penetrating lasers.

The ground radar enables researchers to three-dimensionally map the remains of the Roman city, by monitoring the electromagnetic waves on a computer screen. By the end of 2014  they hope to cover a further four square kilometres using this method.

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