Oldest Roman fort protected soldiers from 'infamous pirates'

March 17, 2015 12:05 PM

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Oldest Roman fort protected soldiers from 'infamous pirates'

Lidar (the laser equivalent of radar) revealed the oldest known Roman military camp called San Rocco (C). Also shown are the Roman military camps Grociana piccola (A) and Montedoro (B). Scale bars: 100 m. (Image courtesy of Civil Protection of Friuli Venezia Giulia.)

Using airborne laser scanners, researchers have discovered ancient fortifications in Italy that make up the oldest known Roman military camp, where soldiers may have fought pirates more than 2,000 years ago.

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