By Anna Ellis • 08 June 2023 • 15:14
Excavation campaign in La Alcudia begins in search of Roman baths. Image: Elche City Council.
Researchers from the University of Alicante have now resumed excavations at the archaeological site of La Alcudia.
Throughout this summer, a dozen researchers and more than thirty students from the History, Humanities and Master’s degrees in Professional Archeology and Integral Management of Heritage and Virtual Heritage will take it in turns to carry out different archaeological tasks in search of the palestra, the porticoed patio that was part of the architectural complex of the baths.
“It is the missing piece to complete the already discovered thermal circuit, which has a changing room, a cold room, a warm room, a hot room, a small sauna and a swimming pool”, confirmed one researcher.
The baths are located in the eastern sector of La Alcudia (7-F), which, given their size, must have been public.
For the Romans, the baths fulfilled not only hygienic functions but also constituted one of the main social centres of the city: recreation, meeting, sports or business centre.
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Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere north of Alicante on the Costa Blanca with her family for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking. Anna is a news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in the Costa Blanca South area and Almeria. Share your story with her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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