Roman Remains Uncovered

Saturday, April 7, 2018
By Louise Powell

ALM Romain RemainsRoadworks on Calle San Joaquín in Almuñécar has turned up Roman remains. The street in question is near the Cueva de Siete Palacios. That’s up near the castle, if you’re not sure.

Archaeologist, Elena Navas, who heads the Archaeology Department in the Town Hall, uncovered two Roman piletas or pools.

According to Sra. Navas, they were built on natural rock and lined with opus signinum. This material is made of tiles broken up into very small pieces, mixed with mortar, and then beaten down with a whacker tool. Mixed with lime it formed a cement known as the Signine composition.

In Roman times this would place this site near the Forum or a large public square within Sexi Firmum Iulium (the Roman name for Almuñécar).

Almuñécar has a veritable archaeological treasure under its old-town streets, yet to be discovered but one that probably never will, unless it is accidentally discovered when the surface is disturbed by modern-day building activities.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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