Ancient Roman treasure trove unearthed on Costa Brava
A trove of ancient Roman treasure has been discovered on Spain’s Costa Brava by a team of archaeology students. Two hundred silver denarii coins were found in an elaborate ceramic vase at the 2,500-year-old Empuries site.
The ruins of Empuries stand were an ancient town overlooking the sea, on Catalonia’s coast, used to stand. The city was founded around 575BC by Greek settlers from Phocaea and was later occupied by Roman forces. However, in the early Middle Ages, it was abandoned because its coastal position made it too vulnerable to attacks.
The ancient site has been excavated since 1908 and has yielded a range of discoveries over the years, but as this treasure shows, it might still hide many surprises.
This time, digging at the site was carried out by a group of 30 students enrolled on the 70th Empuries Archaeology course – which is aimed at second-cycle university students studying a degree in archaeology or history, and at masters students, to get some hands-on excavation experience. Read more.