Largest Roman city gate north of the Alps finally dated; Deutsche Welle

Germany – Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier

Archaeologists have determined the exact date of construction of the Porta Nigra in Trier — it was built 1,848 years ago. It’s the oldest monument of its kind in Germany.

Until now, the date of construction of Trier’s Porta Nigra, the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps, could only be estimated. Researchers dated it back to somewhere between 150 AD and 320 AD.

Scientists have now managed to determine exactly when the city gate was built, thanks to ancient wood that was found in archaeological digs. It was built in 170 AD —  or 1,848 years ago.

“This is a milestone in the history of the city of Trier,” said director of Trier’s Rheinisches Landesmuseum, as the results of the findings were made public.

Porta Nigra was named that way due to the darkened color of its stone.

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