Medellín: The spirit of genuine archaelogy.
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The mount that the medieval castle crowns currently represents one of the sites of historic and archaeological attraction most interesting and complete in western Europe. From the Late Bronze Age to the Early modern period, this space offers plenty of evidence of cultures that have taken over here along almost three thousand years. The archaeologists dream becomes true in this space, because of to their long occupation you must add the fact that it is devoid of structures that may impede the excavation of thousands of cubic meters of information pregnant of earlier times. A true treasure is waiting to be discovered yet, since only a small percentage of the approximately 12 hectares that shape this site has been properly excavated and cataloged. The route starts departing from the ruins of Porta Caeli, former western gate of the medieval wall, then it runs alongside the San Martin church, from where a medieval path ascends to the Santiago church in which surroundings various archaeological activities are developped, especially related to the Roman and Medieval periods. The Roman theatre projects its immediate area of influence on a road paved, a sewer and a portico remains, the foundations of a temple and two retaining walls marking the boundaries of a one of the platforms that drew the Roman city planning. Not far away, overlapping with the eastern perimeter of the theater, lies a stretch of mud wall, dating of late Middle Ages and which finds its counterpart in the other end of the park, to the northwest, where lies another section of wall, this one, from the muslim times (mid-Middle Ages). The tour ends snaking up the slope to the main access to the castle, through the door of its southern barbican.
Text: Ismael Martínez Moreno.