No fewer than nine ancient tombs, some even dating back to Roman and late Roman times, have been accidentally discovered during work being done on Barcelona’s Via Laietana.
The discovery specifically consists of seven Roman tombs and two Late Antique tombs. The discovery was made close to Plaça Antoni Maura, where the archaeological team had been excavating in order to record “the large number of overlapping structures from different eras” that had appeared in the vicinity as a result of the work.
However, this is not the end of the story as the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (Icub) explained in a statement released on Tuesday, May 30, that the two additional remains discovered in the same location, on the opposite side of the street, in February are also human remains.
Other historic artefacts were also discovered during the intervention, including a wall from the 18th to 19th century, a pillar, pole-invitation holes, some stone, brick, or limestone mortar pavements, a ceramic slab covering a vase, and three sites from the 9th to the 10th century.
The Via Laietana redevelopment is not hindered by the archaeological work, which is being done under the direction of archaeologist Joan Garriga Toledo. The discoveries will now be delivered to the Icub facilities in Barcelona’s Zona Franca for an anthropological investigation.