The exhibition 'Confloenta. The Roman city of Duratón 'has opened to the public in the Interpretation Center of the Old Sepúlveda Prison. The exhibition is part of the cultural project 'Los Mercados archaeological site - Roman city of Confloenta in Duratón', which is promoted by the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, with the collaboration of both the Sepúlveda City Council and the Provincial Council provincial, and co-financed with funds from the ERDF Operational Program. The actions included in the project were interrupted during the recent state of alarm and are now being resumed with the same objectives: to make the heritage wealth of the property known and how the research that is allowing the recovery of the legacy of this important archaeological site of the Province.
The exhibition that reaches Sepúlveda was first opened, at the end of 2019, at the Segovia Museum. In the Interpretation Center of the Old Prison of this town, you can visit it from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10.30:14.30 a.m. to 16.00:18.00 p.m., in the morning, and in the afternoon, from XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. to XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.
The sample is structured in nine panels whose explanations are complemented by archaeological pieces recovered in the different excavation campaigns that have taken place in the site. The idea of this exhibition montage is to provide the public with interesting information about this enclave, its historical context and the different recovered assets. Basically the information contained in the aforementioned panels refers to the territory, urban planning, the excavated hot springs and their operation, the livestock forum, the Romanesque church currently located in its vicinity and the Visigothic necropolis linked to the Roman city.
All the informative activities contemplated by the cultural project are a complement to the archaeological research that the Provincial Council of Segovia has been promoting since 2016, with the collaboration of the Sepúlveda City Council and the Board, in this site. Works that have allowed to discover relevant archaeological remains to know the past of this part of the province.
Archaeological zone of 'Los Mercados'
The archaeological site of 'Los Mercados', in Duratón, site of the Roman city of Confloenta, was declared a Site of Cultural Interest (BIC) with the category of Archaeological Zone on February 11, 1994. It is a unique exponent of the world Roman urban in the center of the Duero Basin. The city of Confloenta was founded at the beginning of the 98st century BC by the Roman Republic, within the territorial reorganization program carried out as a consequence of the conquest by Rome of these territories assigned to the Celtiberian Arévaco domain between 94 and XNUMX BC.
Confloenta became the urban unit that managed and administered, as head of Latin civitas, the territory of the upper and middle Duratón Valley between its foundation and at least half of the XNUMXth century AD. The city seems to acquire the category of municipality of Latin law. in the last quarter of the XNUMXst century AD, with the Flavian emperors.
After the disintegration of the Roman Empire, an important population remained within the site of the Roman city, within the Visigoth Monarchy, until in the 711th century AD, the site was completely unoccupied, as a consequence of the political upheavals caused by the Muslim invasion of XNUMX. AD
From the XNUMXth century AD, the reoccupation of the immediate surroundings of the place of 'Los Mercados' is witnessed, with the emergence of the village of Duratón, where a Romanesque hermitage is built, also located within the BIC.
Among other actions of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism linked to the project around Confloenta, the improvement of access and adaptation of a visitor reception area in the archaeological zone of the Visigothic necropolis and the site, and works of consolidation of the structures of the ramp and the southern baths, in addition to the signage of the archaeological zone to promote its knowledge and tourism in this enclave.