lunes, 25 de agosto de 2014

Roman baths discovered in Georgia

In Gonio, south of the Georgian Black Sea town of Batumi, a team of Polish researchers have discovered baths built and used by the Roman army about 2000 years ago. The excavations are being carried out by a team from the Institute of Archaeology and the Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw, together with archaeologists from the local museum.
Research is being conducted inside an ancient fort called Apsaros which was built by the Romans. Near to this fortress a road ran from Colchis (Western Georgia) to the Roman provinces in Asia Minor.
“We were surprised by both the age of the structure, as well as its build quality” said Dr. Radosław Karasiewicz-Szczypiorski, head of the excavation.
“In general, thermal baths built for the military were not luxurious. That is why we were surprised by the discovery of mosaics ornamenting the floor. We also unveiled a large part of a cool water pool, so-called frigidarium“.

An early Roman presence

The age of the baths was also a surprise for the archaeologists, as they expected to discover structures from II-III century AD. However, the baths almost certainly date to the latter part of the first century AD, and are therefore evidence of an early presence of the Romans in the area. The structure is thought to built during the reign of Emperor Vespasian.
This is the first season of work that will continue for the next two years. “We plan to uncover the whole area of baths. The remains of the baths will be conserved and covered with a roof – it will become a tourist attraction near Batumi” – concluded Dr. Karasiewicz-Szczypiorski.

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