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Roman military road found in Serbia

A well-preserved first century Roman road dating back to the first century has been found in south-eastern Serbia.

The Roman military road, or Via militaris, near the town of Dimitrovgrad used to connect the western parts of the Roman empire with the eastern parts, archaeologists said.

‘This road was one of the main roads of the Roman empire,’ archaeologist Miroslav Lazic told the Novosti daily.

‘We are working on preservation of the site and preparing a presentation for European academic circles,’ he said, adding that the road ‘was built in the mid-first century and was used for several more centuries, most likely until the seventh century.’

The eight-metre wide road was constructed from large blocks of stone and had two lanes.

The excavations also unearthed numerous artifacts, including horseshoes and metal parts of carts.

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