Researchers begin excavation of Roman amphitheater in Drobeta Turnu Severin

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Researchers of Portile de Fier Region Museum and of the Institute of Archaeology „Vasile Parvan” started excavations in the Roman amphitheater perimeter, discovered in November 2010, in Drobeta Turnu Severin (south-west), a few dozens of meters away from the ruins of the bridge of Apollodorus of Damascus.

 Museum’s manager Doinita Chircu told that the third campaign of archaeological prospection started upon receipt of the positive opinion from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, allowing bringing to light the relics of the site, searched by historians in the past one hundred years in various areas of the country.

„The amphitheater appears in bas-reliefs on Trajan’s Column, in Rome, inaugurated with much pomp on May 12, 113. Let us hope that funds allocated to prospection will allow us to introduce into the town’s cultural and tourist circuit part of this historical monument, built at the same time with the first stone fortress (the Roman fort) raised in Dacia between 103-104”, Chircu said.

In turn, researcher of the Institute of Archaeology „Vasile Parvan” Constantin Petolescu stressed that the discovered amphitheater confirms many of the scenes on Trajan’s Column and that it is no longer a fantasy, as some historians claimed.

„The Roman Amphitheatre is an exceptional historical discovery. It was part of Drobeta Roman fortress. It is oval, and the digging enabled us to see a segment of it located on a length of 36 meters”, Petolescu emphasized.

The Roman Amphitheater in Drobeta Turnu Severin was discovered on November 3, 2010 during excavations for the construction of an exhibition pavilion, an investment started under a European project worth over 12 million euros, aimed at the „Rehabilitation of Portile de Fier Region Museum and its transformation into a cultural product”.

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