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The excavations of the Roman Amphitheater can be visited from May (15/03/2018)

The restoration of the Roman Amphitheater is already in its first phase, consisting of the consolidation of the double outer ring of the bullring and the excavation of 3 rooms, called 'jails', which housed gladiators and animals.

The tourist visits, to these stays, will be able to be done during the period of excavation as of the month of May.

The Councilor for Culture, Heritage, Education and Youth, David Martínez, accompanied by the municipal coordinator of Archaeological Heritage, Mari Carmen Berrocal, made this Thursday, March 15, a visit to raise awareness, to the media, how there are the recovery works of the Roman Amphitheater.

Councilman Heritage, David Martinez, explained that the consolidation of the bullring wall is being financed entirely by the City of Cartagena, which has provided 200,000 euros.

The works, which have already begun, will last for 3 months.

The scaffolding, which currently supports the façade with degree 3 protection, will be replaced by a system that will consolidate this structure, in a much more reliable way and that will allow excavation at the same time.

A project directed by the architect Andrés Cánovas.

The first excavations will be carried out in 3 rooms located in the area near the Autopsy Pavilion.

It is known the existence of these rooms from the s.

XVIII for an illustration and are also confirmed by the tastings made by archaeologists.

For these excavation works there is a subsidy of 100,000 euros from the Autonomous Community.

These 3 estancias were known as 'jails' and had the function of housing gladiators and animals before they went out to fight the bull.

It is known that one of them is larger than the other two (some of them retain the roof), even the existence of a well-preserved staircase is known.

With this grant we will also begin to work on the Master Plan, which will serve to know the value of the different phases of the project and know the roadmap to work on the value of this monument.

According to the mayor of Patrimonio the Roman amphitheater, "it takes too many years, unfortunately, underground."

In particular, municipal archaeologists will have to lower their excavation by 4 meters, which is the distance between the sand of the bullring and the arena of the amphitheater.

When the excavation work begins, which will be for the end of May, the councilman explained that the poster will be placed 'open for works' that will allow to visit the site in the process of bringing these rooms to light.

It is planned that visitors can make a round circuit, accessing the natural entrances of the amphitheater.

Finally, Martinez explained that this project "will provide a definitive, viable and respectful solution, away from other aggressive proposals of other times that even put in danger the Roman remains of the subsoil".

those that are known

DIVULGING POSTERS OF THE DEPOSIT

The Department of Heritage has installed on the exterior facade of the bullring two posters to highlight the Roman amphitheater.

One of them explains the history of the monument so that tourists can know the great value of this monument, even though it is not yet possible to visit it.

Recently, the Department of Heritage is installing new informative signage in various archaeological sites such as: the pool of Castillico, next to Villas Caravaning;

the Roman villa of Paturro, in Portman and in the Amoladeras, at the entrance of La Manga del Mar Menor.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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