Fortress in Libya – level 3

06-07-2017 07:00

People discovered a Roman fortress in the Libyan desert, around 109 kilometres south-west of Benghazi. Locals call the ruins the ‘Kerdsai Fortress’, and they date back to the 2nd century AD.

The head of the Benghazi Archaeological Department explained that the fortress was built over a high hill in a remote part in the middle of the desert because it was the place of a Roman road.

There is also an ancient palace just one mile from the fortress. It puzzles archaeologists because someone built it in a way that they have never seen previously. They also do not know who built it. Whoever built it did not use quarried stones, but a mixture of local clay, seaweed and barley bran.

Difficult words: AD (Anno Domini – after Christ’s birth), puzzle (confuse), quarried stone (a stone for building), barley (a type of grain, cereal), bran (the ‘skin’ of a seed which is not eaten).

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