(RP Freiburg, Denkmalpflege, Germany)

Abstract: During the Roman Iron Age the small town of Riegel am Kaiserstuhl was a centre of administration, which had its heyday during the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D. Hitherto excavated sites include the remains of a basilica and adjoining forum, a mithraic sanctuary and a vicus in the north-western sector of the area settled from the late 1st to the later 3rd century A.D. Still, the extent and character of the Roman settlement in the eastern part of the modern town remained largely unknown. Thus one long-term goal of archaeological research at the site is to reconstruct a map of the town in Roman times. Owing to the alertness of the conservator in charge arose the opportunity to continuously accompany canalization and road construction works there from September 2011 to June 2012. This special kind of archaeological fieldwork bears a certain resemblance to fishing and is often underestimated in its prospects in comparison to “proper” excavation. The catch from this particular me asure ranges from prehistorical finds and Roman building-structures to baroque extravagances. The function of one bronze artefact will be submitted for discussion.

Keywords: Roman architecture hypocaust emergency