Investigations in the Roman city of Siarum advance

Investigations in the Roman city of Siarum advance


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Archaeological surveys in the Palmar de Troya area, in Utrera (under the Guadalquivir valley), have revealed a site in the hamlet of La Cañada that preserves the original Roman toponymy: the urbs of Siarum, an urban center of great importance dating from between the 6th and 4th centuries BC to the 5th after Christ.

The actual Utrera city centerAs the field investigations show, it should not have been of much importance (with the exception of some minor towns and factories) compared to the two centers of Siarum and Salpensa, on the outskirts of the city. In the case of the first, much has been the historical uncertainty that has surrounded the fantastic city, since it began to be studied by the Renaissance of the 16th century.

Nowadays, few are the information we have about Siarum, which has been rated for its great importance as the Troy of Utrera. The first descriptions of the Roman Siarum come from the ancient scientist and writer Pliny the Elder, who already pointed out that the city minted its own currency, hence the political and economic weight of it was considerable.

In addition, the speculation of historians has led to theories that point to the possible existence of a Roman theater buried under this new site, whose historical value would be incalculable. The Utrera municipality itself is aware of the historical importance of the Siarum site and claims that this archaeological site belongs to the Utrera municipality.

Such is the value of remains found at Siarum There have been many attempts at looting, such as the one detected in September last year when two workers in the area were arrested while using metal detectors, accused of misappropriating archaeological objects such as coins and a millstone.

The University of Seville has echoed the advances in archaeological prospecting for Siarum, summarizing all the information related to the Roman city and its public and private constructions, which is also complemented with discoveries in the matter of documentary sources such as those that emerge from the interesting Tabula Siarensis, which includes the honors procedure for the nobleman's funeral and Germanic military.

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