Excavating Allon/Villajoyosa

One of those items from EuroWeekly which is crying out for more detail:

THE archeological excavations in front of the gas station and plaza de la Generalista ton Avenida del Pais Valenciano in Villajoyosa have been completed.

They were carried out to be able to reconstruct the history of the ancient Roman city of Allon.

“This has been one of the most difficult excavations in the history of the area,” said Councillor Pepe Lloret.

“Despite this, the team has been able to uncover key aspects to help us understand this ancient city.”

The limit of Allon was discovered, although not all of it can be seen as some is below the national motorway.

Part of the ancient town was destroyed in the 1930s when roads were built.

It was found it was a unique town of its time in that the homes had their own private bathrooms at a time when communal toilets were common.

via: Villajoyosa Roman city excavation finished (EuroWeekly)

… looking for more details, I find that back in February, there was a report on this dig that I missed, however, so:

THE rich historical heritage of the Costa Blanca surfaced again, when it was reported that a 2,000-year-old pen was discovered in Villajoyosa during the excavation of a storm drain on the outskirts of the town.

The find coincided with works on a deposito – rain collector tank – when an ancient grain silo was exposed. It was within this ancient space that the bone stylus was discovered.

The item dates from an estimated 2,200 years ago in the area of Villajoiosa which sits on the old settlement which the Romans called Allon.

The bone instrument was carved to be sharp at its writing tip, and beveled flat at the opposite end to be used to erase errors, by smearing smooth the wax tablet on which the script was written – rather than modern paper – and the granary space was 1.8m across.

The finds were made by the town’s municipal archeology team when alerted to the presence of the old structure.

The storm drain is set to run for 800m, and following this first find, parts of the works have been cordoned off for archeological surveys to be carried out, and so ensure no other items of archeological significance are damaged by the works.

Ninety per cent of the drain is to be surveyed, illustrating the expanse of historical riches in the area. “The area of the find was special in giving good views out over the Bay of Allon (Villajoyosa),” said Antonio Espinosa, head of Villajoyosa’s heritage museum.

“And for this reason the place grew into an important settlement, being an Iberian community even before the arrival of the Romans.”

“The silo was a large hole sunk deep into the ground which would have been lined with burnt clay and plastered, before storing roasted grain that could then be used throughout the year,” said Villajoiosa’s Councillor Pepe Lloret.

In addition to the stylus and grain store, recent municipal works in the town have bared a Roman road that led north to Valencia, as well as hundreds of tombs in a substantial Roman graveyard.

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