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Spain's largest Roman villa found during roundabout works
02 October 2020 @ 17:47

ORDINARY, everyday roadworks in an ordinary, everyday town in central Spain have uncovered the largest-ever Roman settlement in the country.

Workmen digging up land alongside the main La Solana highway through Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real province, Castilla-La Mancha) literally stumbled upon a 1,500-square-metre Roman villa and giant wine-cellar which could be between 1,600 and 2,000 years old.

Close to the Baños del Peral area, where Roman remains have been found, the 'exceptionally well-preserved' wine-cellar is the part that has most fascinated local historians: 31.6 metres long and 11.08 metres high when it was fully built, taking up 350 square metres in total – about the size of three modern-day apartments of three or four bedrooms.

Around one-seventh of the space would have been used for pressing the grapes, and another 18 square metres for treading them.

The biggest settlement yet uncovered in what was then Ancient Hispania, it is thought to have been built initially in the first or second century AD, and completed or still in use until the fourth or fifth century AD.



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nicechap said:
03 October 2020 @ 12:57


eos_ian said:
03 October 2020 @ 17:42

If you click on the link you will some pictures. Thanks

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