After the Roman Emperor Trajan defeated the Dacians almost 2000 years ago, he set down the Tabula Traiana on the Serbian side of the Danube as a marker to commemorate the building of a road into Dacia. More recently in 2004, sculptors completed a statue of the defeated Dacian King Decebalus on the Romanian side of the Danube. It took 12 sculptors 10 years to complete the 40-meter high monument, the tallest rock scupture in Europe.
Later that evening, we transferred off the ship in darkness on to a bus. Passing concrete apartments that looked abandoned and a working Serbian coal plant, we lumbered closer to an eerie glow in the distance. This was the first of the tented excavations of Viminacium, a northern Roman outpost.