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Systematic Research Project at the Archaeological Site of Carranque (Toledo)

Vista aérea del edificio palacial (Foto: equipo de investigación de Carranque) Pulse para ampliar
Vista aérea de la zona productiva Pulse para ampliar
  • Timeframe: 2019-2021
  • Lead Institution: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (Ref.: PGC2018-099851-A-I00)
  • Lead Institution: Anna Gutiérrez García-Moreno (ICAC)
  • MAN Institution: Sergio Vidal Álvarez
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The archaeological site of Carranque stands on the northern border of the modern-day province of Toledo, on a broad fluvial terrace on the right bank of the River Guadarrama. Since 2004, a joint research team from the Autonomous University of Madrid and the National Distance Learning University has been studying this site and pursuing several lines of research. One is the study of the settlement’s productive orientation, having excavated and examined a torcularium used to make oil and wine that was active throughout the fourth century. A second is the analysis of the decorative marmora used in the palatial structure on this site, built between the late fourth and early fifth century; more than 40 different types (varieties of porphyry, granite, limestone and marble) from the leading Mediterranean quarries have been identified to date. Thirdly, special attention has been paid to the Visigothic necropolis where over one hundred tombs, occupying what was once the floor of the late Roman palatial edifice, have been identified thus far.

These lines of research revolve around the historical analysis of the site, based on a rigorous chronostratigraphic examination which has allowed us to trace the historical evolution of its occupation, which was continuous from the third century until the early 20th century. Salto de línea Salto de línea Related publications and events

Samples of types of marmora Pulse para ampliar Samples of types of marmora
Pilaster capitals Pulse para ampliar Pilaster capitals
Visigothic necropolis Pulse para ampliar Visigothic necropolis
Sarcophagus lid with scenes from the story of Jonah Pulse para ampliar Sarcophagus lid with scenes from the story of Jonah