They find a new door in the Roman Circus of Tarragona during its remodeling works

They find a new door in the Roman Circus of Tarragona during its remodeling works


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As reported last Wednesday by the Tarragona City Council A new door leading to the noble part of the ancient city has been found in the Roman Circus of Tarragona. This puts archaeologists in the obligation of rethinking how the accesses to said area were.

The discovery came as a result of the works for dignify the Triumphalis Gate which was why the winners of circus horse races left the venue. The new access leads to both the Circus and the “High Part”Of what was once Tarraco, owner of the provincial forum and a huge sanctuary in honor of Emperor Augustus.

The restoration work that began this October and will end in February, they have managed to rescue the limits of the vault that linked the door with the highest stands of the Circus (visorium) located at the foot of the current Praetorium.

They have also served to document what the closure of said vault on the northernmost part of the triumphal gate, indications have also been found that there was another door in what would be the middle that joined this vault.

In this way the access to the visorium it was smaller than previously thought, as was the passage to Part Alt, since it was impossible for it to have fluid traffic from Via Augusta (Rambla Vella today) to the Praetorium.

Thus, a new challenge is presented for researchers in the use of spaces such as the circus area or the control that was made of accessibility to the upper rooms.

The archaeologist Imma Teixell, has highlighted the significance of the finding: «it was already known that there were different control points distributed along its extensive perimeter«.

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