This study addresses the provenance of two Roman river barges and a Roman punt excavated along the  limes  of  Germania inferior  near the Dutch city of Utrecht ( De Meern 1 ,  4  and  6 ). To establish the geographical origin of these vessels, their tree-ring series are compared to 1452 dated oak ( Quercus robur/petraea ) growth patterns from Roman-period sites in the current Netherlands and Belgium. The strong resemblance to patterns of oak used in the  civitas Menapiorum  and the bordering region of  civitas Nerviorum  in  Gallia Belgica  indicates that the ships were built with oak from the lower-Scheldt region in present-day Flanders (north-western Belgium). Given the absence of Flemish oak in Roman land-based constructions along the Dutch  limes , this provenance implies that the vessels were constructed in the lower-Scheldt region. The geographical location of the final wreck sites of  De Meern 1 ,  4  and  6  points at inland-navigation between this region and the Rhine-based  limes  of  Germania inferior .

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Published on 01/01/2014

Volume 2014, 2014
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.07.019
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