Excavations between 1999 and 2013 localized and documented two perpendicular streets that separate a group of modest-looking houses situated to the north of the road, which runs from east to west, from the remains of a luxurious domus, of which up to 8 areas or rooms totaling more than 200
m2 of built-up surface area are known. Six of these are paved with opus signinum, that incorporate black and white tiles as an ornament. The decoration always includes geometrical patterns, from alternating rows of black and white tiles to more complex sequences such as swastikas alternating with squares. These patterns are usually combined with central motifs, such as diamond shapes picked out in white tesserae, within a Greek key meander border. The chronology of the remains can be divided into three phases. The initial construction of the domus and adjacent buildings dates to c. 125 B.C.E. A second phase, in which new levels of use can be detected in the rooms adjacent to the domus, dates to the beginning of the 1st c. B.C.E. The abandonment of the area dates to around 80/70 B.C.E. These newly excavated structures are therefore contemporary with the structures of Ca l’Arnau-Can Mateu, and have significantly increased our knowledge of the southern area of the settlement.

The content displayed on this page reproduces, with permission of the author and the journal, fragments of the following article: Sinner, A. G. “Cultural contacts and identity construction: a colonial context in NE Spain (2nd – early 1st c. B.C.),” Journal of Roman Archaeology 28 (2015) 7-37.


Martín, A. and García, J. “La vall de Cabrera de Mar. Focus inicials de la producció vitivinícola de la Laietània,” Pottery workshops and agricultural productions.Studies on the rural world in the Roman period 2 (Gerona 2007) 70.


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