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Roman street settlement (vicus)

Verein Römisches Tawern

54456 Tawern

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The vicus is situated below the Metzenberg in Mannebachtal. From 1994 – 1996 the foundations of a total of nine buildings were uncovered on both sides of this Roman street, which led from the Mediterranean to Trier via Metz and Konz. The most interesting find along the vicus is a forge, which is evidenced by layers of up to 50cm thick with an extremely high proportion of charcoal, tiny particles of iron and sections of annealed earth as well as numerous finds of iron slag. Not only could mounts and draught animals be shod there, but there are indications that iron tools and equipment were also produced. The site is freely accessible.