Around 2.5 km to the east of the camp, at a locality called Ostrite Mogili are remains of a Roman site (Tomas 2006). Its size is estimated at 15 ha (Tomas 2006, 120). The site was mentioned for the first time and identified as a vicus by the great Bulgarian scholar Boris Gerov in 1964. The location of the site and its area led us to the conclusion that this must have been the vicus – a second settlement in the vicinity of the legionary camp, similar to other sites of this type.
The vicus was placed outside the territory controlled by the legion. Field surveying took place there in 1977, 1990, 1999, 2000 brought to light many finds including coins dated to the 3rd century. In 2013 we have conducted field walking and geophysical survey on the eastern part of the site. Aerial photos which were taken here for the first time, will help in improving the accurate ground plan of the site and show the scale or robbery.
This year we have discovered an inscription which is the first one found on this site in situ.
More about the site: Novae. An Archaeological Guide, ed. T. Sarnowski, p. 87-88.