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Fort bath, Miltenberg

The fort bath lies 50m southeast of the cohort fort Miltenberg Altstadt and to the west of the street leading from the "porta principalis dextra", along which the vicus was located. The antique street is more or less identical with todays Altstadtweg.

The bath is a multi-room stone complex. At its northeast side, along the antique street, there was a protruding apodyterium with a timber frame. Dedication altars and two statues of Fortuna were found. Floor heating and plastered walls are typical of the time.

Chronology

Period 2 (stone building phase, according to Beckmann 2004, 47). Medieval use has been proven by a level.

Monument

Category: bath/baths

Bath with hypocausts; post holes of an adjacent timber framed building

Current State: The northeastern fundaments of the bath buildings have been conserved. They were cut through by the railroad tracks.

Monument Protection: Yes - UNESCO World Heritage Site, 2005

Research: During the construction of the railroad dam in 1878, the buildings' walls were cut into and laid bare. The railroad engineer Max Scherer drafted a ground plan. Succeeding excavations by B. Beckmann from 1970-76 revealed other functions of the rooms.

Literature
ORL B 38, 19-25. Beckmann 2004, 47. Neubert 2007, 59f.

Aerial photograph of Miltenberg with the "Mainknie"
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Situation and transportation routes, Fort Miltenberg
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Fort baths, Römerweg station
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Miltenberg-Ost. Dedication altar to Fortuna from the bath of the Miltenberg-Ost fort. Museum der Stadt Miltenberg
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1 Aerial photograph of Miltenberg with the "Mainknie" © Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, München 2 Situation and transportation routes, Fort Miltenberg © Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, München 3 Fort baths, Römerweg station © Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, München 4 Miltenberg-Ost. Dedication altar to Fortuna from the bath of the Miltenberg-Ost fort. Museum der Stadt Miltenberg © Boundary Productions, Photo Eric Dobat

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