Layout and street network

Plan of the studied remains of Ratiaria

It is assumed that the city was built in "scamnatio" system with parallel streets and rectangular "insulas". D. Giorgetti suggests that the city had had one main street with east-west direction (decumanus maximus) and two oriented north-south (cardo maximus). According to him the fortress was originally with square shape and later is expanded to the south.

Moment of excavations

The discovered during the excavations streets are related mainly to the period of 5th and 6th century AD. Only at the entrance of the western gate was studied part of the initial construction of the decumanus maximus dating back to the early 2nd century.

A Street from the early 5th century was discovered north of the residence of the governor. It has a width of 6 m and is covered with rough stones. Late street pavements with small stones are identified to the south of the Residence. In 2011, the renewed archaeological research in Ratiaria revealed for the first time a well preserved part of the early dekumanus of the city. The studied roadway is located 500 meters from the western gate of the city and shows that in the early 2nd century the fortified area of Ratiaria has reached a length over 500 m.