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.

The LIMES Congress XXV Scientific Committee is pleased to invite you for “The Road to LIMES Congress 2022, a Preview…”.
Register today for this online free event.

Date: Thursday, 26th of August
Time: 14.00- 16.30 (CEST, Amsterdam)
Where: Online

Registration for this free online event is mandatory. You can register yourself through this link.


6 April 2021

The Limes Journaal of Spring 2021. The Dutch Roman Limes Journaal. News about the Roman Dutch Limes is brought to you by the Limes Journaal.
The Limes Journaal invites the fans to visit this future World Heritage.

In this edition

    1. The last steps toward UNESCO-World Heritage-status
    2. Romans cleaned up before leaving castra
    3. Successful lecturer on Roman Netherlands

And newflashes

3 December 2020

The Dutch Roman Limes Journaal. News about the Roman Dutch Limes is brought to you by the Limes Journaal and invite the fans to visit this future World Heritage In this edition: 1 Second military encampment north of the limes discovered 2 Limes historian / cook Claudia passed away 3 Museumpark Archeon volunteers visit Castellum Hoge woerd.

Archaeologists from Leiden University find what is clearly an earth wall and ditch structure in the woods near Ermelo. They suspect it may be the remains of a Roman military camp, but as yet have no conclusive evidence. Will they be able to solve the puzzle?

For more information: www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2020/09/a-roman-camp-or-not-how-our-archaeologists-found-the-answer

Due to the current ongoing situation with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The LIMES Congress XXV organization has elected to postpone the LIMES XXV Congress, planned to be held on 22-28 August 2021 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The congress will now be held on 21-27 August 2022. The congress venue will remain the Lindenberg in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The health and safety of our organizers and attendees is our highest priority.

Due to this change the Call for Papers and Call for Posters deadline will be extended till the 1st of September 2021.

For more information please contact: info@limes2022.org

3 September 2020

News about the Roman Dutch Limes is brought to you by the Limes Journaal and invite the fans to visit this future World Heritage In this edition: 1 New evidents for Roman aquaducts in Nijmegen 2 Diaries of world’s first professor archaeology Caspar Reuvens translated by volunteers 3 Limes takes center stage in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden.


The Call for Papers is available. The LIMES Congress XXV Scientific Committee is pleased to invite you to submit paper proposals that will present new discoveries and ideas in the field of Roman Frontier Studies. Deadline Paper Submission: 1st of September 2021.

A giant Roman mask of 6 at 5.5 meters gives a striking view over the river Waal. It is a 2000 kilo replica of a silver plated Roman facemask from the Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen.

Artist Andreas Hetfeld won a competition in 2017 with his idea for a replica of the mask. Not only is the artwork very large, you can also climb inside the mask via a staircase. The monumental enlargement, which will serve as a lookout post, makes the mask impressive in a different way than the original mask. Using modern materials, the artist gives it a new function from a contemporary interpretation. The facemask offers visitors a view of the beautiful, wide Nijmegen landscape, as if they were looking at the present from the distant past.

More than a hundred years ago, the mask was dredged from the river Waal. It is the facemask of the the helmet of a Roman horseman and dates back to the second half of first century A.D. The relatively large openings for eyes, nose and mouth make the mask suitable for wearing during the fight “These masks had to scare the enemy,” says Hetfeld. These masks will also have been worn during parades, tournaments and ceremonial occasions, where the horsemen could demonstrate their skills.

The Call for Sessions has expired. All session proposals submitted are currently reviewed by the Scientific Committee. All authors will be informed by e-mail mid-April 2020. The congress schedule will be announced in April 2020. The Call for Papers will be released May 2020.

Questions? Please contact us at: info@limes2021.org