Roman Cavalry Fort - North-west Corner

Roman Cavalry Fort - North-west Corner (HM2MSZ)

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N 48° 50.152', W 10° 4.976'

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Römisches Reiterkastell Aalen - Nordwestecke

Das ca. 6 ha große Kastell lag auf dem nach Südosten geneigten
Hang, was noch heute gut im Gelände nachvollzogen werden kann.
Von dieser Position aus hatten die Soldaten einen hervorragenden
Überblick und konnten vor allem die wichtigen Straßenverbindungen
nach Westen durch das Remstal Richtung Neckar, nach Süden durch
das Kochertal über die Alb Riehtung Heidenheim und Augsburg und
nach Nordosten Richtung Nördlinger Ries und an den Limes kontrollieren.

Der Eckturm des Kastells liegt hier ungefähr in der Mitte der St. Johann-
Straße. Die 277 m lange Nordfront mit den Spitzgräben, der ca. 6m
hohen Wehrmauer mit sechs Türmen und der mächtigen Porta principalis sinistra direkt vor dem Limesmuseum verlief Hang abwärts bis
zum Ende der heutigen Friedhofsmauer des St. Johann-Friedhofs. Vor dieser Nordseite des kastells könnte der Exerzierplatz/ Campus
gelegen haben, auf dem die Soldaten mit ihren Pferden militärische
Übungen, Turniere und Paraden durchführten.-


Covering an area of around 6 hectares, the large garrison was situated on a south-eastern
slope as can still be clearly seen from outside. From this position the soldiers had an excellent
overview and, in particular, they were able to control the important road connections to the
west though the Rems valley in the direction of the Neckar, to the south through the Kocher
valley in the direction of Heidenheim and Augsburg and to the north east in the direction of
the Nördlinger Ries and to the Limes.

The corner



tower of the fort was roughly here in the middle of St. Johann Strasse.
The 277-metre north front, with the trenches, the 6-metre defensive wall with six towers and
the mighty porta principalis sinistra directly at the Limes Museum, ran down the slope to the
end of the present-day wall of the St. Johann cemetery.

The parade ground / campus, where the soldiers and their horses engaged in military exercises,
tournaments and parades, was probably here on the north side of the fort.
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Date Added Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)29U E 420532 N 5409775
Decimal Degrees48.83586667, -10.08293333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 50.152', W 10° 4.976'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 50' 9.1200000000001" N, 10° 4' 58.56" W
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