Ostrite Mogili

At a distance of 2.7 km to the east of the locus gromae is placed the site of Ostrite Mogili. Its size is estimated at 15 ha (Tomas 2006, 120). The settlement was mentioned for the first time and identified as a vicus by the Bulgarian scholar Boris Gerov in 1964. The location of the site and its surface led us to the conclusion that this could have been the vicus – a second settlement in the vicinity of the legionary camp, similar to other sites discovered in the surroundings of Roman legionary bases. Such “duality” of settlements is attested in all parts of the Empire.


The vicus was located at a certain distance from the camp, hence outside the territory under the direct control of the legion. The field surveys took place there in 1977, 1990, 1999, 2000 and brought to light many finds including coins dated to pre-Roman times, and from the 1st up to the 3rd century, as well as to the 13th-14th century AD. In 2013 we have conducted field walking and geophysical surveys on the eastern part of the site. Additionally, the aerial photographs were taken there, to create the orthophotomap, the improve the ground plan of the site and to show the scale or robbery.

In 2013 we have discovered the inscription reused in a solid wall unearthed by looters. This is the first epigraphic evidence found on this site in situ.


More about the site: Novae. An Archaeological Guide, ed. T. Sarnowski, p. 87-88.


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