The Valencian town of Bétera has increased its heritage value with the results of excavations in the Roman Villa of the Horta Vella. Among the recovered objects of great archaeological interest has appeared a coin of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian, first emperor of Rome.
During the project they have recovered objects of great archaeological interest, such as the Julius Caesar coin that was minted in the Victrix Iulia Lepida colony – later Celsa, in the current province of Zaragoza – along with a large number of amphora fragments, common ceramics, some glass fragments and iron objects.
Less than a month ago, the XIII archaeological campaign began at the Roman and Visigothic site of l’Horta Vella, inhabited between I and IX AD., to equate the value of the hot springs that can already be visited to the northern area yet to be discovered. After these findings, the Bétera City Council wants to place itself on the map of archaeological tourism with the museumization of the site.
The results of the intervention, in an area of approximately 250 square meters, have far exceeded the objectives: document occupancy levels and construction structures from the high-imperial period in the northern sector of the site, an area where the stratigraphic power was more than three meters.
“This campaign shows, once again, the great patrimonial value we have in Bétera and the legacy it represents for our neighbors,” the mayor, Elia Verdevío, celebrated when visiting the site this Thursday with the co-directors of the excavation , José Luis Jiménez and Josep Burriel.
Seven small dependencies
The excavation of a set of seven small rooms with a square plan, for which an agricultural character is presumed, of which four are complete and another three only partially. All open onto a central cobbled street ten meters long by 1.55 wide, oriented east-west and in an excellent state of preservation, “worthy of a Pompeian street”.
Although the work ends this Friday, November 20, at the expense of the interpretation that the study of the results may provide, those responsible for the project believe that it is clear that this sector would work at the same time as the thermal complex presided over by a large ‘natatio’ ” .
“Without a doubt, this excavation is another complement to our site that will attract tourism and will enhance the archaeological value of Bétera“, has entrusted the Councilor for Heritage, Joaquín Gómez.
2021 marks 20 years since the first of the archaeological campaigns carried out in the Roman Villa, so the intention is to celebrate the anniversary with a new project that continues to increase the town’s heritage. A birthday that will be completed with a monographic publication of the site.
Definitely, more than a thousand square meters of history that place Bétera on the archeotourism map and that place it as a municipality with history, roots and a heritage “of incalculable value”.
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