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Spy satellites reveal Roman fortifications


Declassified spy satellite images have lead to the discovery of ancient Roman walls and fortifications in Romania.

Archaeologists from two United Kingdom universities examining declassified spy photos rediscovered part of a what they believe is a series of Roman fortifications dating back to the 2nd century A.D.

Although parts of the ruins had once been known to 19th-century researchers, they were subsequently misidentified, dismissed and largely forgotten, according to Bill Hanson, a professor of Roman archaeology at the University of Glasgow. In some areas the structures were heavily damaged by ploughing or construction — even to the point of complete destruction.

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Story: Kristen Christensen, Museum Vestsjælland | Photo: USGS

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