They discover the oldest Roman tavern in the Mediterranean

They discover the oldest Roman tavern in the Mediterranean


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According to a study carried out by archaeologists Benjamin Luley and Gaël Piquès, from the French National Center for Scientific Research, the discovery of the Roman city of Lattara (now Lattes), very close to Montpellier, a fact that has been published in the magazine Antiquity.

Researchers say this is a major discovery, because the first tavern found in the area is found and also because it is a sign of the change in the economic and social infrastructures of the settlement, whose origin dates back to the Neolithic.

It was in 2013 when a calcareous platform was discovered to crush grapes and different Etruscan amphorae, which revealed the first evidence of winemaking in France, something that could have started in approximately 500 BC, thanks to the introduction of different Etruscan techniques and traditions.

The latest discovery suggests that it is a structure very similar to a tavern, which is dated a few centuries after the discovery of the first evidences of obtaining wine, that is, between the years 125 and 75 BC.

One of the researchers assures that When the Romans conquered Lattara, the predominant activity in that settlement was mainly agriculture, but due to the new socio-political situation, the trades were changing and new ones appeared.

During the first field investigations it was believed that the structure could respond more to a bakery than to something else, something that was reinforced by the discovery of three mills and three bread ovens, which suggested that it was not something for self-consumption but that it was something similar to an industrial production.

But not only were these discoveries made because in an adjoining room they were discovered stone benches lined the walls and in the center a charcoal stove. Remains of fish bones and bones of cattle and sheep appeared in the outer courtyard as well as trays and bowls.

Something that caught the attention of the researchers is that no coins found, which leads to think that this it could have been a private dining roomas stated by University of Leeds historian Penny Goodman.

Luley stated something that has a firm foundation, that people don't usually lose their coins normally, which may lead to understanding that this was actually a tavern where meals were served to the public.

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