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Yacimiento visigodo de València la Vella de Riba-roja de Túria(Riba-roja de Túria)

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This is the name given to the remains located on a terrace overlooking the river, between the right bank of the River Túria and the Cabrassa ravine, about 3 km southeast of Riba-roja de Túria. Archaeological research has made it possible to determine the Visigothic period and the military purpose of the site. This site, which covers approximately 4 hectares, is characterised by the existence of a powerful wall, 1.80 m wide, which follows the topography of the area and is reinforced by square towers (3 x 3 m) with external projections, both of them made of masonry reinforced with lime concrete.
This site, unique for its characteristics and chronology in the Valencian Community, has been interpreted as a Visigothic fort from the second half of the 6th century. It would form part of the fortifications, strategically located and built around important roads. It would probably be related to the complex period of history when the Visigoth monarch Leovigild reorganised and controlled these territories in response to the Byzantine occupation of the south. It is one of the few examples of Visigothic military architecture in the Valencian Community, and it is one of the best and chronologically oldest identified in the Iberian Peninsula.
Another peculiarity of this site is that it was built on a site of marine Miocene fossils. In addition, during the Spanish Civil War a resistance centre was built formed by galleries, trenches and other structures; therefore, it is not surprising to find elements of the Visigothic wall reused.
In 2016, researches and excavations at the site were continued through collaboration between the Riba-roja de Túria Town Council and the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology with the support of the Valencia Provincial Council, Valencia Town Council, the Valencia Museum of Prehistory and the University of Valencia. The project is under the direction of Josep M. Macias Solé (ICAC), Albert Ribera Lacomba (SIAM) and Miquel Rosselló Mesquida. In addition to the excavation work, since 2016 a school of archaeology has also opened, in which students and researchers from several universities from all over the world participate. Among the new findings are ceramics, silos and coins, as well as the wall and indoor enclosure.

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