Skip to comments.Roman Amphitheatre Discovered at Ancient Ategua
Posted on 03/14/2023 7:02:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Early occupation of Ategua dates from the Chalcolithic period, with the emergence of a major settlement around the 8th and 7th centuries BC, consisting of orthogonal-plan dwellings defended by an outer wall.
According to the De Bello Hispaniensi, a Latin work continuing Julius Caesar's commentaries, the city inhabitants sided with Pompey during Caesar's civil war in the late Republic Era, resulting in the city being besieged by the Caesarian army in 45 BC.
Most of the current morphology of Ategua is from the Roman period, including several domus abandoned during the 2nd century AD, a civil building, bathhouses, and burials on the hillside.
In an announcement by Arturo Bernal, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, recent excavations at Ategua have uncovered the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, the second amphitheatre to be discovered within the city precinct.
The amphitheatre measures only 44 metres in diameter, with a central arena of around 27 metres, making it one of the smallest amphitheatres ever found from the Roman world.
Preliminary dating suggests that the amphitheatre was constructed during the 1st century AD, but only remained in use for around two centuries until it was abandoned.
The Ategua complex was declared a National Monument in 1982 and an Asset of Cultural Interest as an Archaeological Zone in 2004, and is part of the network of cultural enclaves of the Junta de Andalucía.
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Archaeologists Have Discovered a Roman Amphitheatre During Excavations at the Roman City of Ategua, Located in the Municipality of Cordoba, Spain.
Off off Broadway. Who doesn't love a little community theater?
Thanks for your interest and posts. I never fail to examine your posts. Are you a professional archaeologist? Always amazed at how sites get covered to such depths. I can understand shifting sand in Egypt, but here the stonework goes down five or six feet beneath a level plain. The earth around includes larger stones, so the wind didn’t move them. Whassup?
Rain, other water erosion, earthworms, a little tiny bit of additional debris from space, and sometimes deliberate burial.
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