Carrer Ataulf, 7 (Barcino)

Municipality: Barcelona

Region: Barcelonès

Chronology: 1st Century AD - 20th Century AD


Dates: July 2016 - February 2017

The property that is the object of the intervention is a building built around 1858, possibly above an earlier construction and consists of a ground floor and four floors with façade on Carrer Ataülf. The importance of this property lies in the fact that it is located inside the walled enclosure of Barcino, occupying the central sector of the ancient city and in an area where a possible Roman baths dated in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD were documented, according to previous archaeological works conducted in the surroundings, such as the building of the street of Regomir, 6 / carrer d'Ataülf, 9, between January and May 2004.

Methodologically, the area of intervention was divided respecting the three main bodies of the building with a consecutive nomenclature: Sector A and Sector B, whose façade faced Ataülf street, and Sector C with a facade in the square.

In total, 23 ditches and four trenches were done and they were positive in their majority.

The Sector A began with a prospective ditch that crossed the site longitudinally as well as two trenches. The positive result of the same conditioned the whole archaeological work. Thus, in the Sector A four perimeter ditches and four transversal ditches were done. In the Sector B three perimeter ditches and three transverse trenches were made. Finally, in the Sector C there were three perimeter ditches, a longitudinal ditch, four transversal ditches and two trenches.

As preliminary conclusions, the excavation of the ditches and trenches has allowed to document different phases of occupation of the space. First, a Roman phase was documented in Sector A with an area of 5 meters wide and more than 15 meters of length paved with opus signimum and related to a buttress and another pavement at a lower level. Also, part of the trajectory of a channelling was documented. In the Sector B, some smaller remains of opus signinum and the remains of an E / W pathway. Finally, the Sector C also show two levels of opus signinum related with the large nearby thermal complex. Following that period, a Medieval phase was documented in Sector A and C. Finally, a Modern-Contemporary phase, related to the current property, identified thanks to five deposits in Sector A and C.