Excavation of house from Ancient Roman period in Catalan town of Isona 

Large surface area and materials indicate wealth of owners 

Two archeologists excavating a Roman house in l'Hort del Cavaller d'Isona
Two archeologists excavating a Roman house in l'Hort del Cavaller d'Isona / Marta Lluvich

ACN | @agenciaacn | Barcelona

December 22, 2023 01:03 PM

A team of archeologists are excavating a house from the ancient Roman period in the town of l'Hort del Cavaller d'Isona, located in the northwestern region of Lleida in Catalonia. 

The excavation is centered around a 600 square-meter surface, and it is already clear that it was “a large house” and that the owners had “purchasing power”, according to archeologist Xavi Bermúndez.  

Marble, painted walls, and window glass are some of the materials found at the site, indicating that the house was well insulated. 

The archeologists have removed the demolished part of the old house in order to get to the lower parts to define the different chambers and their uses.  

Here, they have found the remains of ceramics that were imported to the town during the ancient Roman period from Italy, southern France and northern Africa. 

Roman town Aeso

There were no buildings constructed on top of the ancient Roman town, then called Aeso. Instead, it was used for agricultural purposes. 

Because of this, it has been possible to preserve the original urban space with its city wall, entrance gate, and main street with houses and study the structure of the old city. 

The excavation is part of a four-year research project on the ancient Roman town of Aeso, which will continue until 2025