Ancient Sitges bigger than originally imagined
Workers found a Roman gold ring in a services trench (weight 4.1 grams and 2 inches )
During an excavation of Cau Ferrat and Maricel Museums, as part of it’s renovations
Plus new archaeological discoveries, pins, ceramics and fishing gear. Suggesting Iberian and Roman Sitges (Puig de Sitges) was bigger than thought, at 2 hectares and a larger archaeological site.
Unusual for the Iberian peninsula, with the only similar find being in England, dating from the second century.
- Excavation and renovation of Cau Ferrat and Maricel Museums
- Honest workers find a Roman gold ring in a services trench
- Iberian and Roman Sitges bigger than thought, at 2 hectares
- Half a meter below the surface, between the pavement and limestone
- Medieval wall, on top of an Iberian one, also documented
- Iberian Pottery found (fourth century BC)
- Early Iron Age items showed settlement (seventh century BC)
- Finds between 200 and now
- Various finds, some in searches led by
Archaeologist ‘Joan Garcia-Targa’
Heritage Consortium in Sitges manager ‘Pedro Izquierdo Tugas’
- Painted gray pottery from the Catalan coast
- Pottery with black ceramic coating
- Floor pieces
- Roman kitchen pottery
- A Lucerne handle
- Glass shards
Supporting archaeological efforts before future builds in the area. Something lacking in the nineteenth-century.
The piece was half a meter below the surface, between the pavement and limestone on which sits the old town (Racó de la Calma).
A Medieval wall, on top of an Iberian one, was also documented. Pottery was found, confirming Iberian full time settlement (fourth century BC). Other early Iron Age items showed settlement (seventh century BC).
Much of the original archaeological ground (hill) has disappeared or moved, over the centuries, with piping/services works.
At the top of the trench, on ‘Carrer Bernat de Fonollar’, the original surface survives near ‘Sarcòfag del Vinyet’ (al Racó de la Calma). With 3 stones being be the last remnants of an old wall.
The last twelve meters of the trench uncovered the remains of ancient stratum (layers) of sedimentation, consisting of clays and dark brown silts (coal, stucco fallen from a nearby walls and old materials). Including Iberian ceramics of painted gray pottery from the Catalan coast, pottery with black ceramic coating, floor pieces, Roman kitchen pottery, a Lucerne handle, glass shards, thin ceramic pieces and other fragments.
With pieces form the late first century AD, probably from the time of the emperors Domitian or Nerva.
Fragments from a glazed Melati bowl, from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
List of finds
- Anell d’or de l’època romana : Gold ring from Roman times
- Ceramica de Paretes Fines / Fine Ceramic Ware
- Terra Sigil-Lada / Earth Ware
- Pes de Xarxa
- Fitxa de joc / Card Game
- Fauna i pedres / Wildlife & Stones
The excavations conducted by Joan Garcia-Targa has led to other archaeological research in Sitges, with the archaeologist manager of Heritage Consortium in Sitges (Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges), Pedro Izquierdo Tugas.
In 2000, remains of a wall from the Iberian period were found around the Rusiñol Library, and between 2001 and 2002 early Iron Age and Roman pits were discovered locally *Silos : Sitges”. In 2004 appeared six more at number 4 Town Hall Square (plaça de l’Ajuntament).
Museums of Sitges will continue to take an active part in the study, conservation and dissemination of the towns past. With a long term plan that will provide for future interventions and systematic monitoring of works, and the creation of a permanent exhibition of archaeological pieces that have appeared in recent years. The director, ‘Vinyet Panyella’, has asked the archaeologist ‘John Garcia Targa’ to study and collect local finds.
Roman exhibitions in Barcelona (great days out)
- History Museum houses Roman Ruins of Barcino the original Barcelona: Museu d’Historia de Barcelona
- Square & area of Museu d’Historia de Barcelona
- Chapel of Santa Àgata next to Museu d’Historia de Barcelona
- Museu d’Historia de Barcelona Gallery & Videos
Original Catalan Article: http://www.sitges.cat/jsp/noticies/detall.jsp?id=22763753