Fossatum Africae: recherches aériennes sur l’organisation des confins sahariens à l’époque romaine. Front Cover. Jean Lucien Baradez. Arts et métiers. Fossatum Africae (“African ditch”) is a linear defensive structure (limes) claimed to Ideas on the purpose of the Fossatum have evolved since Baradez’ time. This feature was rediscovered in by Jean Baradez, a retired French Air Force pilot and described in great detail in his book, Fossatum Africae.
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City finder Choose a Destination. Thought to measure kilometers or more, the linear defensive structure known as Fossatum Africae was built during fossatu rule of the Roman Empire as a measure to both defend and control the southern borders of its interests in North Africa.
Fossatum Africae – Wikipedia
The four preserved sections of this historic structure are found in Algeria and neighboring Tunisia, remaining as a batadez of a time in history when the Roman Empire appeared to be unstoppable in its conquests.
The only written reference discovered by researchers and scholars of the Fossatum Africae, literally meaning ‘African ditch’, is found in the compilation of Roman Empire laws known as Codex Theodosianus dating back to AD.
The reference is found in a letter to Roman citizens living in Africa, from bararez co-ruling Roman emperors of baraddez time, Theodosius and Honorius. The letter states that if Roman citizens did not continue to maintain the fossatum, then the job would be given to barbarian tribes that had proven to be friendly to the Roman Empire.
Along with the loss of employment, Roman citizens would lose land rights and other benefits that went with maintaining the defensive structure.
From the tone of the letter it appears that the Fossarum Africae had already been constructed and was in need of maintenance, but it is unclear as to when the original construction took place — although it is agreed fpssatum with a structure of this magnitude it most likely took many years to complete and was done in stages.
His aerial photographs of the archeological sites remain the most comprehensive record of this historical structure.
The Fossatum Africae consists primarily of ditches with earth embankments on either side, with some sections including dry stone walls on top of the embankments. The widths of the ditches vary between three and six meters and are as wide as twenty meters in some places.
Afticae the Roman fort and camp located at Gemellae on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Algeria, excavations have revealed that the ditch depth is between two and three meters, with the bottom measuring one meter, widening to two or three meters at the top.
There are watchtowers and forts at regular intervals along Fossatum Africae. Similar structures have been found in other North African regions, including the fossatum found at Bou Regreg in Morocco.
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