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Aguntum, Dolsach

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The ruins of Aguntum are Roman site in East Tirol, Austria, located approximately 4 km east of Lienz in the Drau valley. The city appears to have been built to exploit the local sources of iron, copper, zinc and gold. During the early Christian era the city was the site of a bishopric, which, having ceased to be a residential diocese, is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.HistoryThis area of East Tyrol was the homeland of the Laianci tribe and hilltop settlements, so far hardly investigated, crown many of the hills in the area. A trading vicus developed here at an important intersection in the Drau Valley, with one important road leading to the gold deposits in the Hohe Tauern.The oldest Roman remains are a two-roomed wooden structure discovered beneath the bath house and dated to the mid-first century BC. According to Pliny the Elder, the emperor Claudius granted Aguntum the status of municipium, a status which is attested by inscriptions, including funerary inscriptions, which refer to cultores Genii municipii Agunti. The official name was Municipium Claudium Aguntum. There does not appear to have been a military camp in this area.Aguntum was a mining and trading centre which exploited local sources of iron, copper, zinc and gold. Craftsmen in the town processed the metals to produce a range of goods which were then transported along the Roman roads. Other exports included wood, milk products (cheese) and mountain crystals from the Tauern range.
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  • I found out about Aguntum by chance the day before and I'm glad I did. The modern visitor centre/museum is excellent, plenty of space for larger groups but not dumbed down. Lots of great artefacts to ...  more »
  • The Aguntum site is in itself very special. The museum is simple enough but is very didactic, well suited for children; a good film evocating the life at that time. Children enjoy dressing up with rom...  more »
  • This was a great trip into the past. The park was well prepaired and thecfilm was very informative. The fact that you can dress up in old roman clothes is a great atraction for kids  more »
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  • Unfortunately the museum and access to the site were both closed when we arrived. However the view of the town is still spectacular and well labeled with the maps available. Very impressive to see from slightly above.
  • A Museum and the excavation of a Roman Citadel. In comparison to other Italian excavations might seem strange to find something interesting in Tyrol. Yet it is worth. The explanations and ilateriale made available (also on Italian) gives a good idea of how it was to be the Citadel. Some areas like the macellum are certainly very details and views from the tower built on purpose are very enjoyable. Consider two hours for your visit to the Museum and excavations. Obviously you have to appreciate the archaeological excavations.
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  • Interactive Museum, really interesting. In my opinion that is slightly too expensive for the size of the Museum (€7), hence only 4 stars. Therefore, I recommend the Combi-ticket (with Bruck Castle).
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  • Very interesting for those interested in Roman history.
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  • Nice Museum. Interesting to the outside area. You can have a little off considering matching the ticket for visiting castel Bruck (Museum of Lienz).
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