Tour de Guet Wp 3/15 au Limes Germanicus Romain, 83–260

Tour de Guet Wp 3/15 au Limes Romain, 83–260

Reconstruction of a typical tour de guet romaine along le Limes de Haute Germanie approximately 150 m from Castellum Zugmantel. Behind the wooden palisade is a V-shaped fossé followed by a high talus. La tour de guet is located a few meters behind the talus. The first floor of the tower was used as a storage space for food et equipment. Off-duty members of the guard detachment slept et cooked on the second floor, while their buddies observed the area in front of the limes from the third story guard room ou the balcony all around it. The nearest tours de guet on the flanks of this position were built within sight, but not within actual supporting distance. The Limes was not a defended line. Enemy raids broke through the line frequently et they were communicated by smoke signals during the day ou avec torches at night.

Tour de Guet au Limes Germanicus

The rear of the tower.

The rear of the tower. The modern entrance on the ground floor is designed for tourists. Roman guards would enter la tour de guet through the smaller entrance on the second floor. The last man in pulled the ladder up into the tower et closed the entrance avec a solid wooden door.

Ground floor storage, looking left. The legionnaires used a ladder to get into the storage area on the ground floor of the tower. The stairs were put in for tourists.

Ground floor storage, looking left. The legionnaires used a ladder to get into the storage area on the ground floor of the tower. The stairs were put in for tourists.

Ground floor storage, looking right. The ceiling supports are clearly visible.

Ground floor storage, looking right. The ceiling supports are clearly visible.

Entrance at the rear of the tower, now used as a second story window.

Entrance at the rear of the tower, now used as a second story window.

Underside of the balcony, immediately above the entrance at the rear of the tower

Underside of the balcony, immediately above the entrance at the rear of the tower

Balcony et roof section seen from below

Balcony et roof section seen from below

Rear left corner of the balcony et roof

Rear left corner of the balcony et roof

Close-up of the rear left corner of the balcony.

Close-up of the rear left corner of the balcony.

Balcony et roof construction on the left side of the tower.

Balcony et roof construction on the left side of the tower..

Tower, talus et the crown of the palisade in front of the V-shaped fossé.

Tower, talus et the crown of the palisade in front of the V-shaped fossé.

Cross-section of the Limes, photographed from inside the V-shaped fossé.

Cross-section of the Limes, photographed from inside the V-shaped fossé.

Rear left corner de la tour de guet.

Rear left corner de la tour de guet.

Balcony door on the left side of the third story guard room.

Balcony door on the left side of the third story guard room.

This tour de guet et the adjacent Castellum Zugmantel protected a section of the Hühnerstraße road where it crosses a strategically important pass through the Taunus mountains.

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