The Roman commander Nero Claudius Drusus reached the river Elbe in 9 BC.

Are there any archaeological sites or finds of this Roman campaign deep into Germania?


There are excavations of a Roman camp in Hedemünden that are thought to belong into this time frame. This is located well east of the Rhine, but not that close to the Elbe river. Some other camps from the same set of campaigns, but further to the west or southwest, are at Rödgen and Oberaden.

Another site quite to the east, but from slightly later according to coins found, is Wilkenburg near Hanover. Some maps on WP put the Wilkenburg site into the conext of Varus' campaign in 9 AD, but the German wikipedia article puts it some years earlier.

The settlement (as opposed to camp) at Waldgirmes site also belongs into roughly this timeframe.

The sites at the Harzhorn and at Hachelbich are even further to the east, but thought to belong to much later campaigns.

  • Thanks. I guess Hedemünden is the only place with a fitting time frame and location. Finds from more eastern areas would be interesting. – lejonet Mar 26 at 10:42
  • Even further away (north of Frankfurt/Main), but maybe of interest: Römerkastell Saalburg, Artical: Archaeologists are recreating Roman underfloor heating: Römerkastell Saalburg: Archäologen bauen römische Fußbodenheizung nach – Mark Johnson Mar 26 at 11:18
  • @lejonet: See updated answer. I am actually not so familiar with this topic and I think there may be even more camps from these campaigns. – Jan Mar 26 at 12:06

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