Carme Font, lecturer at the Department of English, has won one of the Starting Grants awarded this year to young and early-career researchers by the European Research Council (ERC) Read more
Frontal part of the Roman forum of Llívia discovered
The digs conducted this year at the Roman forum of Llívia have revealed the location of the frontal part of the temple and of a dump site which contained a set of pottery remains which could make it easier to date the precise moment in which the forum was built.
The excavations have revealed the limits of the pronaos or front part of the temple, which measures some 4x7 metres, and a small step which gives way to a lower construction covered with opus signinum- a construction material used in ancient Rome, as well as the southernmost part of the building, which according to researchers would be related to the side accesses leading to the temple's podium.
Another important discovery has been a dump site dating back to the moment in which the forum was built, located at the inferior part of the exedra a meeting hall with stone benches. Although archaeologists thought that work had been finished in this hall, under the benches forming the foundations of the internal wall they discovered a full layer of tegulae, coal, bones and other materials. Researchers point out the richness of the pottery discovered, especially the large repertoire of types of clay pottery, known as terra sigillata aretina, which can allow them accurately to date the moment the forum was constructed.
A total of eight students from the bachelor's degree in Archaeology participated in this year's dig, as did professionals of the firm Arqueòlegs.Cat, under the direction of Jordi Guàrdia and Cèsar Carreras (UAB), under the Fòrum de Llívia project which is led by Josep Guitart (UAB).
With the completion of the sounding phase, in which the characterisation of the remains of the unique Roman buildings were conducted, the Llívia City Council, in collaboration with the Girona Provincial Council, looks now to conduct the urban actions needed to continue with extensive digs and put into value this important archaeological heritage found in the Cerdanya region.
A study conducted by the CEPAP-UAB at Cova de Santa Linya confirms a continuous presence of montane coniferous forests from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast from 50,000 to 15,000 years ago, demonstrating their resilience to the extreme and ever changing climate conditions of the period. Read more