In the last years, our research group has been focused in the “Implementation of the city modeln in the Conventus Tarraconensis”. One of this Roman cities, recently rediscovered thanks to rescue excavations is Iulia Líbica (Llívia). In the last Quadrienal Project (2018-2021), we studied this Pyrenees city, focusing our work in the forum of Iulia Líbica, and in general, on the whole urbanism in the municipium. Our research also aimed to determinate if the upper hill of Puig del Castell, where there is pre-Agustan material, may have been occupied by an Iberian oppidum or a small Roman Republican settlement.
Therefore, the main present aims of our project are:
– Analysis of Roman city with a well-preserved civic part, the forum. In other words, it preserves the city-center, which concentrates the main religious, political and administrative functions, not only from the town but also from the territory. In our case, the territory of the Ceretan people. Its special environment stands out in inner Pyrenees, with one of the for a documented in Catalonia, with a high potential as heritage value.
- Discover any precedents of occupation before the construction of the Augustus forum to evaluate a possible previous settlement
- Relate finds from Llívia to the network of Roman Pyrenees cities to one side and the other of the border with similar foundation dates, which were connected by roads such as the via Ruscino-Ilerda (strata ceretana).
- Assess the capacity of the city to obtain resources in a region with difficult transport conditions (transhumance, trade, mining).
- Facilitate the promotion of this exceptional archaeological heritage in the Pyrenees conditions, taking advantage of the potential of Information and Communication Technologies.
Project related with “Excavacions romanes a Iulia Libica
Un municipi romà als Pirineus”, de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Project funded by Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya (CLT009/22/00037).