Roman Military Weapons From 100 B.C. Unearthed In Spain

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Objects found at site include projectiles, surgical supplies, and a bronze spatula. (Courtesy of Fernando Prados)

Trove of Roman Weapons Unearthed at Ancient Settlement in Spain

by Isis Davis-Marks/Smithsonianmag.com

Researchers surveying the ancient Talayotic settlement of Son Catlar in Menorca, Spain, have unearthed a cache of Roman military equipment dated to around 100 B.C.

As Antoni Agüera reports for Ultima Hora, scholars from the universities of AlicanteMurciaGranada and Cadiz, as well as the Ciutadella Museum, discovered the trove earlier this month. Among the objects found at the site, which is located on one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, were projectiles, arrowheads, knives, surgical supplies and a bronze spatula.

Son Catlar is the largest Talayotic settlement in the Balearics. Surrounded by a monumental wall with a perimeter of nearly 3,000 feet, the site also boasts sentry boxes and square towers known as talayots, according to Unesco. These Bronze Age megaliths lend the prehistoric civilization its name.

This summer’s dig centered on a bent gateway that served as part of the settlement’s defense system against invaders. Per Heritage Daily, Roman soldiers who conquered and occupied the islands in the second century B.C.E. may have associated the entrance with Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, time, duality, doors and passages. Read More:

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