At the Casal de Can Doménech, diplomas were awarded to students who completed the latest archaeology course during the month of July at Pol.lèntia. It marked the end of the course, but also the completion of work by volunteers, local collaborators, and students and archaeologists from the University of Portland. The 110 participants in the 2017 excavation campaign were acknowledged as well as local companies that helped with the organization and logistics of the students’ stay.
At the end of last month, a hundred people attended the Open Day at the site during the Fiesta of Sant Jaume, who were given a guided tour of the work carried out this summer. On July 20 Students of the Arqueospain programme were awarded their diplomas.
This year the course focused on the residential neighborhood of Sa Portella, the forum and the necropolis. In each area, discoveries will help lead to a greater understanding of the history and evolution of the Roman city.
The geophysical surveys that began two years ago, will continue and allow further study into the perimeter of the city. In fact, this year the team of archaeologists has started a new study to clarify whether there was a pre-existing military camp. This study will continue in the coming years and could solve the historical problem of dating the ancient city. Written sources mark as the founding date of Pol·lèntia in 123 BC, while the archaeological remains date back to 70 BC at most.