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Römerbrücke Großkrotzenburg

Roughly 100m downstream from Fort Großkrotzenburg, at the site of the Limes road, oak posts from a Roman bridge were discovered. The find sites are at about the area of Hainstraße. The bridge provided an important connection between the "wet Limes" and the Taunus Limes.

Several stone pillars were built on wooden posts. The oak posts had iron pile "shoes" and were dated dendrochronologically at 134 AD (Hollstein 1980).There was probably a wooden track on top of the stone pillars.

Near the bridgehead, altars were discovered that had been donated by beneficiarii. It can be assumed that a beneficiarius station was located here to control the river.

In addition to the bridge at Großkrotzenburg we know of five other Roman bridges crossing the Main.

Chronology

Dendrochronological dating of the oak posts.

Monument

Category: bridge

Oak posts (bridge with stone pillars); five stone pillars are assumed.

Current State: Dug up. Pillars are in the Museum Großkrotzenburg and in the Saalburg Museum.

Monument Protection: No

Research: During construction work in 1885 and 1903 posts from the stone bridge as well as iron pile shoes and broken pieces of basalt were discovered. In 1964 further posts were discovered.

Literature
Steidl 2008, 80.

The Main at Großkrotzenburg, site of the Roman stone pillar bridge
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Oak posts from the Roman bridge, enclosed with protective iron pile "shoes", Museum Großkrotzenburg
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Iron pile "shoes" on the posts of the Roman bridge, Museum Großkrotzenburg
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Oak post from the Roman bridge Großkrotzenburg in the Saalburg Roman Fort
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1 The Main at Großkrotzenburg, site of the Roman stone pillar bridge © Boundary Productions, Photo Eric Dobat 2 Oak posts from the Roman bridge, enclosed with protective iron pile "shoes", Museum Großkrotzenburg © Museum Großkrotzenburg 3 Iron pile "shoes" on the posts of the Roman bridge, Museum Großkrotzenburg © Museum Großkrotzenburg 4 Oak post from the Roman bridge Großkrotzenburg in the Saalburg Roman Fort © Saalburgmuseum

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