The archaeological investigation of the site of the Roman city of Confloenta in Duratón will affect 2020 in the exploration of the building of the hot springs, with an intervention planned in the space of the arena, an area with a large outdoor swimming pool. The coordinator of the excavations in Confloenta and director of the Museum of Segovia, Santiago Martínez, explained yesterday the works that will be undertaken in the field next year, continuing in the area of the baths, "with an exploration in greater depth".
The archaeological site of Confloenta is a unique example of the Roman urban world in the center of the Duero Basin (Duratón-Sepúlveda). The city was founded at the beginning of the 1st century BC by the Roman Republic, within the program of territorial restructuring and restructuring executed as a result of the conquest by Rome of these territories assigned to the Celtiberian area between 98 and 94 BC Since the year 2016, the Diputación de Segovia promotes an archaeological investigation of this site, in collaboration with the Municipality of Sepúlveda and the Junta de Castilla y León. Thus, the general director of Cultural Heritage, Gumersindo Bueno, accompanied by the territorial delegate of the Board, José Mazarías; the provincial deputy of Culture, José María Bravo, and the mayor of Sepúlveda, Ramón López, inaugurated yesterday at the Museum of Segovia the exhibition 'Archaeological site of Duratón', within the framework of the cultural project 'Archaeological site of Los Mercados-Roman city of Confloenta in Duratón ', a sample that aims to raise awareness of the heritage of the asset and how research is being carried out that is allowing the legacy of this important archaeological site in the province to be recovered.
Within the evolution of the project, which began in August with visits for all types of public to Confloenta, the team responsible for its progress is currently immersed in the development of one of the essential phases of the project and which is directly linked to the promotion of Better knowledge of this Roman city.
The exhibition corresponds to this phase of action. It is a temporary sample structured in nine panels, whose explanations are complemented by archaeological pieces recovered in the different excavation campaigns that have occurred in the site. Basically, the information contained in the mentioned panels refers to the territory, urban planning, excavated hot springs and their operation, the livestock forum, the Romanesque church currently located in its vicinity and the Visigoth necropolis linked to the Roman city. This exhibition will remain open to the public until the beginning of December.
The cultural project also plans to promote visits to the school site of schools in the immediate surroundings of the Roman city that will be complemented by educational workshops. These visits and workshops are not only intended to publicize the good among the youngest, but also to promote the values of cultural heritage protection. In this regard, Gumersindo Bueno said that "you have to work hard on the issue of protection, and the main tool is awareness." “In Castilla y León there are 25.000 deposits, so the first thing is to raise public awareness. More than the sanction, education is the key, ”he said.