Drought in Spain reveals Roman camp in Galicia

There are few benefits to a drought, but fans of Roman history can now enjoy the sight of the ancient Roman camp known as Aquis Querquennia in Galicia, Spain, thanks to receding water levels in the reservoir that covered it.

The Roman fort served legions during the construction of Via Nova, but was abandoned in 120 AD, reports The Olive Press. Around 600 troops would be stationed there and the site included an infirmary and a temple, as well as barracks.

Aquis Querquennis was discovered in the 1920s by local archaeologist Florentino Lopez Cuevillas, but the valley it lies in was chosen as the site for a new reservoir in 1949 and the ancient ruins were covered by water.

Aquis Querquennis, Galicia, Spain (Image: Wikipedia CCL)

The 2.5 hectare sight can sometimes be seen depending on water levels – but now the drought in Spain has revealed the entire site, which has been photographed using a drone by local photographer Brais Lorenzo.

You can read more about the site at The Olive Press.

The Galicia Tourist Board has uploaded a short video of the Aquis Querquennis site to YouTube.

Watch a video of the infirmary at Aquis Querquennis on YouTube.

Buon viaggio!

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