New archeological findings in the road side of C-31

As we have been already informing, work on the road side of the C-31, which began last September in Badalona have uncovered several structures of the roman city of Baetulo. In particular in the section located between Avenue of Martí Pujol and Avenue of President Lluís Companys, in a remaining space inside the site of the Roman city of Baetulo, declared National Cultural Heritage. 

The Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia ordered the execution of works to Infraestructures.cat, and through this, the archaeological awarded to the company Àtics SL, which works under the supervision of the Directorate General of Heritage of the Government and the Museum of Badalona.

While emergency excavations conducted by the Museum since the eighties did reveal the existence of structures and pavements of Roman period in this area, the archaeological work that we are doing now will serve to meet the urban structure and the historical development of this area of Baetulo hitherto poorly documented.

The importance of the new findings, confirm the occupation of the hill d'en Rosés from the first century BC and at least until the fourth century AD. Stresses the collector discovered the Cardo Maximus demonstrating that Baetulo is more extensive than we thought until now. Meanwhile, the city wall, which has not been located in this area, could be located in a highest point of the hill.

The new localized structures include numerous rooms, some paved with mosaics, one of which features a geometric decoration and covered with murals. All these decorative elements seem to indicate that the remains belong to various domus . We have also localized deposits and areas related to industrial and craft activities. Finally, in the north-east, have appeared more than 200 trenches of Roman vineyard, which confirms the direct relationship Baetulo the production and trade of wine.

All these Roman structures are in a lower bound than the future carriageway so will not be affected by the new road. Once finished the archaeological excavations, which is expected to be in March, the Commission will request Territorial Cultural Heritage of the Government filling the archaeological remains to enable the construction of the road.