понедельник, 5 августа 2019 г.

2019 excavations at ancient Greek city of Empuries in Catalonia completed

The excavations of the 73rd excavation season in Empuries have uncovered the top of the cliff that marked the boundary of the area with the bay of the old port harbour of the Greek city. The work completed by this project is part of a new research initiative promoted by the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, with the aim of studying the old port areas.











2019 excavations at ancient Greek city of Empuries in Catalonia completed
Credit: MAC Empuries

The project has revealed the upper part of the cliff face that defined the limit of the city with the port. The areas in which work has been carried out have allowed the documentation of of structures and spaces that belong to the first occupation of the city centre during the second half of the 6th century BC, as well as other buildings from the Hellenistic and Roman periods.











2019 excavations at ancient Greek city of Empuries in Catalonia completed
Credit: MAC Empuries

Over the course of these three weeks, 27 students from different universities throughout the country, as well as some from Italy and Germany, have participated in the various activities organised as part of the Empuries International Archaeology Course. For the second consecutive year, the activities have revolved around the project of the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya on the installations and the port areas.











2019 excavations at ancient Greek city of Empuries in Catalonia completed
Credit: MAC Empuries

In addition to the work of exploration aimed at reconstructing the ancient coastline of the Greek city, the commencement of new sedimentological surveys is also anticipated which will shed light on the deposition history this area. The excavation work in which the students participated focused on the north end of the city centre in order to document the evolution of urban development in this sector and its connection with the old port.











2019 excavations at ancient Greek city of Empuries in Catalonia completed
Credit: MAC Empuries

Research into some of the graves has likewise shed light on the reuse of this sector as a funerary space during the last two centuries of Roman Empire, after the abandonment of the city centre.











2019 excavations at ancient Greek city of Empuries in Catalonia completed
Credit: MAC Empuries

Meanwhile, the partial removal of sediment that today fills the coastal boundary of the old port has made it possible to visually retrieve the rocky promontory that in some places formed a open small cliff into the sea.


The removal of sediment will continue in future campaigns in order to expose the port’s sea front in order to understand the morphology of the ancient coastal landscape.


Source: Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya — Empuries [trsl. TANN, July 31, 2019]



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