The idea to start non-destructive investigations in the surroundings of Novae (Roman province Lower Moesia, now Bulgaria) came about when we had realised how quickly the remains placed outside the legionary camp irretrievably disappear. The place is continuously damaged by looters and multiplying private lots. Within the last 15 years the site has changed dramatically.
In autumn 2011 we made the first tests. The task was not easy: the site is situated in the suburbs of the modern town of Svishtov. Apart from the private lots, the landscape and nature are not very friendly to the archaeologists. The fortress is situated on a wide plateau, but the surroundings are not only fields, but also hills and forested places. The Dermen river valley is deep and forested as well, and the Danubian scarp heading from the north very high. The canabae is situated on the western side of the camp. The private lots are very dense there. Only some areas like the eastern and south-eastern side of the fortress, remain available to our prospection. Some places, such as the villa, the Mithraeum or the vicus placed ca. 2.7 km to the east from the fortress were known before. When the project started our knowledge about the civil settlement accompanying the camp was quite poor. We have decided to find, document, and save as much as possible, though the aim seemed to be a heroic task.
Our project was supported by the Polish National Science Centre, project no. 2011/01/D/HS3/02187
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