This week has begun the archaeological excavation 2015 in Sant Pau de Riu-sec. Works will last two weeks and will focus on the area in front of the entrance to the church. This place was already partially excavated in the 2007 – 2008 campaign where part of the parish cemetery was unearthed with tombs from 12th to 19th centuries, and also the remains of a roman villa (s. 1st – 2nd centuries AD). This campaign is funded by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the government of Catalonia a part of a Research Project in which there is are also involved Sabadell city council and the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC) . Master students from UAB participate in this archaeological excavation. We’ll keep you informed…
Short iron sword (Sant Pau de Riu-sec, Sabadell) Origin: Organic soil layer (SU 1199) with ashes and charcoal remains. It was located in the outer courtyard of Sant Pau de Riu-Sec’s church. This layer is associated with levels of demolition and spatial reorganization of the encomienda ruled by the Order of the Knights Temple in the late Middle Ages. Excavation: 2011 and 2012 campaigns (Arrago sl and UAB) Serial Number: SPR2011-1199-31, SPR2012-1199-7. Stratigraphic Dating: 13th – mid 14th centuries. Material: Wrought iron. Dimensions: Total length 43 cm (blade 34 cm long. Handle 9 cm long). Maximum blade width 3,5 cm. Maximum handle width 4,4 cm. Description: Short sword, preserved in several pieces. This is the type of knife known in medieval documents as “coltell”. It has a blade of solid iron, with two well-marked edges and an oval section. The handle has a rectangular section with a top squared end. Probably the handle was originally wrapped with wood or leather. Parall
Yesterday we could read on the news that the construction of Sant Pau de Riu-sec’s surroundings has been finished. We have reorganized our on-line information about the subject so it may be easy to find. We hope it shows the amount of work and effort put in the ongoing research project.
ROIG, J. – COLL, J.M. (2013), “Los palatia altomedievales del Vallés (siglos X-XI): la aportación de la arqueología”, BALLESTÍN, X. – PASTOR, E. Lo que vino de Oriente. Horizontes, praxis y dimensión material de los sitemas de dominación fiscal en Al-Andalus (ss. VII – IX). BAR International Series 2525. Archaeopress, Oxford.
ROIG, J. – COLL, J.M. (2012), La intervenció arqueològica a Sant Pau de Riu-sec 2007-2008 (Sabadell, Vallès Occ.): la vil·la romana, l’assentament d’època carolíngia i la parròquia i granja templera medievals, Arqueologia Medieval, 6-7 (2010-2012), Acram, Barcelona, 2012, p.24-41. Further information onthe site, here.
With this blog post we began a series of file card about the archaeological material recovered and documented in archaeological surveys . Archaeological materials let us date chronologically layers and structures that have been localized (for example the filling of a silo, or the ruins of a building) and also provide us valuable information. Once recovered the archaeological material, it is processed in our laboratory: It is washed, sorted and labeled. It can then become part of the studies that are derived from the analysis of a site and finally increase museum funds. But many times remains unpublished and stored in boxes in museum warehouses. With this initiative, therefore, we want to show small hidden treasures of our archaeological heritage. Medieval moneybox in glazed pottery Origin: Stratum (SU 103) in the silo E13 of the sagrera of templar church and farm of Sant Pau de Riu-sec (Sabadell, Vallès Occ. ) . Excavation: August 2010 (Arrago sl) Inventory Number: SPR2010-13-103-3 St