Plundered tombs

Mosaic floor cleaning is slowly discovering the decorative scheme. Until now, it had been observed how the octagonal central motif is surrounded by a meandering of braided rope, intertwined, making swastikas. Also, in the southern end of the room there are four square coffered, faced two by two, and in the northern end we can see how it draws a border of lotus motifs.
Mosaics overview with an octagonal central motif. We also can see coffered squares with floral motifs.
Photo of the frieze of lotus-shaped motifs, located at the northern end of the room.

The area, which we have documented the presence of burials in sarcophagi, has been excavated in its entirety during this campaign. The results that have been documented show how all these graves have been opened and plundered several times. We observed that inside of these sarcophagi there aren’t complete burials, we only found a few unconnected bones.
Overview of the area occupied by sarcophagi. In the left of the picture there is a carved burial site situated in an area of hydraulic concrete, the excavation of this zone is still pending.

Translated by Lara M. Moreda
Edited by Andrew B. Greeves

Cleaning the mosaic floor

Daily life, in the process of excavation, provides news about the elements discovered at the site. For example, the mosaic floor cleaning helps to verify its basic scheme. In this case, the mosaic has a plant motif center framed by an octagon; whose sides, East and West, also have square caissons with plant motifs. The drawing is complete with lines forming wreathed swastikas. The colors of the tesselae are black, white, red (in different shades) and orange/yellow (also in different gradation).
Central floral octagon limited by a rope motif.
Floral square caissons that are arranged in the east and west sides of the pavement.
An image of one of the square caissons.

Regarding the rest of the excavated space, the area that is considered as probably belonging to an old hermitage is now is free of the silt levels (which enshrine it). It has revealed the existence of entombments within granite sarcophagi corresponding to the oldest time that this space was used, but this appreciation can’t be determined until the end of the excavation.
Chapel area. We can observe different coffins, disposed therein.
Photo of one of these burials, without exhuming.

Translated by Lara M. Moreda
Edited by Andrew B. Greeves

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