In a groundbreaking revelation, archaeologists from the University of Oxford’s School of Archaeology have uncovered three previously unknown Roman fortified camps in northern Arabia.
This remarkable discovery was made through a remote sensing survey utilizing satellite imagery. The findings suggest the existence of an “undocumented military campaign” that traversed southeast Jordan and extended into Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Michael Fradley, the lead researcher, confidently stated that the camps were constructed by the Roman army, the BBC reported.
In the research report published in the journal Antiquity, he highlighted the distinct features of the enclosures, characterized by a unique shape resembling playing cards, complete with opposing entrances along each side.
Notably, the westernmost camp stood out as notably larger than the two camps situated to the east.
The research team speculates that these camps may be connected to a previously unrecognized Roman military campaign associated with the Roman annexation of the Nabataean Kingdom in 106 AD.
This kingdom was centered around the renowned city of Petra, located in Jordan, and this potential connection opens up new insights into historical events of the time.
Written by staff