Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, ARQUEOLÓGICA 2.0 - 8th International Congress on Archaeology, Computer Graphics, Cultural Heritage and Innovation

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UN NUEVO ESPACIO TERMAL DE ÉPOCA ROMANA ANEXO A LA VILLA DEL CASALE (PIAZZA ARMERINA, SICILIA): PROPUESTA DE RECONSTRUCCIÓN VIRTUAL DE SUS AMBIENTES FRÍOS A LA LUZ DE LOS HALLAZGOS ARQUEOLÓGICOS
Javier Atienza Fuente

Last modified: 21-09-2016

Abstract


The archaeological excavations conducted in the surroundings of the villa of Casale, near the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily, have unearthed the remains of an unknown new thermal complex to date. Together with the remains of architectural structures, it have been exhumed other evidences of decorative or ornamental nature whose study has allowed the elaboration a working hypothesis about what might have been the look of some of the main rooms that shaped this, unpublished until now, thermal installation. The excavation campaigns carried out to date in this area have not been enough to know the total extension of this new thermal complex, so the final results are necessarily subject to the results that may be obtained once it has proceeded to the total excavation of the affected area and the study of materials collected during these future interventions. However, the work that is posed here is primarily focused on the space identified as frigidarium or cold environment, which has provided very meaningful data about its decoration. Sometimes, the remains preserved in situ regarding the decoration of walls and floors were sufficiently significant to discard any doubts about their appearance and composition; on other occasions, the fragmentary remains of pictorial decorations have been sufficiently numerous and revelators to deduce in a convincing way its original compositional scheme.

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