Monday, June 04, 2012

Roman Salting Factory from Denia/Dianum

While poking around for more details about the Villajoyosa finds (see next item), I came across another item of interest in Euroweekly from back in February that I missed:

FOLLOWING on from the recent discovery of archaeological remains in the heart of Denia, a new excavation has brought to light the structures of an ancient salting factory under the town's modern buildings.

The remains appear to be late Roman, dating from the 4th and 5th centuries, when old Denia went under its Roman name of Dianium, and consisted of " a set of four contiguous pools of regular ground, dug into the earth, and have a strong coating of signinum opus (a heavy lime based plaster)" said local architect and the head of Denia's Municipal Architecture Department, Josep A Gisbert.

These structures "are related to a common type of late Roman factory, the likes of which have been well documented along the coast of the Levante, and coastal enclaves of Andalusia and Tarragona " continued Sr. Gisbert.

Archaeological excavations in this area have not yet been completed.