Pyrenees: found an ancient imperial city


The discovery was made by researchers from the Institute of High Aragonese Studies and the universities of Zaragoza, Bordeaux, Polytechnic University of Madrid and Salamanca. In their recent study, the discovery of an ancient Roman imperial city in Artieda, a Spanish city, is explained in detail. Exactly on the southern Pyrenees. The last works on the archaeological site were done in 2018. The Municipality of Artieda asked the University of Zaragoza for help. The intent was to study and analyze the remains around the hermitage of San Pedro, famous as El Forau de la Tuta.

Here, after three years, scholars have been able to confirm that these remains represent a single vast archaeological complex . It dates back to between the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. At the time a large Roman city was built with baths, temples and an already advanced sewer system. Despite the importance of this city, its name has not been found in any historical documentation.

of the site. They were kept in private collections in Artieda and in the Diocesan Museum of Jaca. It was thus deduced that they belong to an “important necropolis which remained so for centuries”. The researchers also discovered that between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, the area was settled by peasants, like from an early medieval village. Now the excavations in El Forau de la Tuta and its surroundings are continuing. Experts suspect that there are many other secrets yet to be discovered. Other novelties will come to light, giving further prestige to international archeology.



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