The LIMES Added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List

On July 27, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has released a new list of unique places in the world.

This year they placed the Lower Rhine Limes and the Danube Limes on the World Heritage List.

The Lower Rhine Limes
Following the left bank of the Lower Rhine River for approximately 400 km from the Rhenish Massif in Germany to the North Sea coast in the Netherlands, the transnational property consist of 102 components from one section of the frontiers of the Roman Empire, which in the 2nd century CE, stretched across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa, over 7,500 km. The property comprises military and civilian sites and infrastructure that marked the edge of Lower Germany from the 1st to 5th centuries CE. Archaeological remains in the property include military bases, forts, fortlets, towers, temporary camps, roads, harbours, a fleet base, a canal, and an aqueduct, as well as civilian settlements, towns, cemeteries, sanctuaries, an amphitheatre, and a palace. Almost all of these archaeological remains are buried underground. Waterlogged deposits in the property have enabled a high degree of preservation of both structural and organic materials from the Roman periods of occupation and use.

The Danube Limes
It covers almost 600km of the whole Roman Empire’s Danube frontier. The property formed part of the much large frontier of the Roman Empire that encircled the Mediterranean Sea. The Danube Limes (Western Segment) reflects the specificities of this part of the Roman Frontier through the selection of sites that represent key elements from road, legionary fortresses and their associated settlements to small forts and temporary camps, and the way these structures relate to local topography.

The Road to LIMES Congress 2022, a Preview…
This year you can join us on our Road to Limes 2022 a Preview. This will be a free online event on Thursday 26th of August. You can register yourself through this link.

Next year you can come and visit Nijmegen in our live conference. You can see, feel and experience the Limes by yourself.
Everything you need to know more about this congress you can find on our website.