Saturday, February 18, 2012

Famous Archaeological Site of Viminacium

The tale of the one-time splendor and decline of the Roman city and military camp of Viminacium is attracting for a long time the attention both the national and the international public. Viminacium is beginning to take its rightful place on the world’s cultural-historical stage. The area occupied by this ancient Roman city and military encampment (covering an area of over 450 hectares of the wider city region and 220 hectares of the urban area) presently lies under cultivated arable land, with artifacts and fragments of objects from the Roman era strewn throughout its furrows.
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The necropolae (burial grounds) of Viminacium, explored over the last three decades of the 20th century, have yielded over 14000 discovered graves thus far. The exploration of the Roman city and military encampment is headed by an interdisciplinary team consisting of renowned experts from various fields. Besides archeologists, the Viminacium project has gathered geophysicists, mathematicians, electrical engineers, geologists, petrologists, researchers engaged in remote detection, 3D modeling and form recognition, as well as in artificial intelligence. Their vision is for the fora and temples, the theaters and the hippodrome, the baths, the streets and the city quarters to rise from the fields under which they had been lying for centuries, in order to become a part of our own and the world’s cultural heritage, as well as a recognizable symbol of the Danubian region. Kostolac and Drmno, at 13 kilometers from Pozarevac, are lying on the remnants of the ancient city of Viminacium, the capital of the Roman province of Moesia Superior, known as the Moesia Prima province in later antiquity.
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