The results of the latest archaeological researches in Riva del Garda (Trent – Italy), has been presented to public Wednesday, the 17th October 2007, in Sas “Spazio archeologico Sotterraneo” in Trent, as part of the periodical meetings between archaeologists organized by Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the Province of Trent.
The conference has been attended in co-operation with the Trentin section of the Italian Archaeoclub, and presented by Cristina Bassi, an archaeologist of the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the province of Trent. She has showed an overview of the excavations which took place in Pilati street, in Riva del Garda, between the years 2005 and 2006.
Archaeological researches in Riva have given the light to a complex building date back to the Roman epoch. It is about 750 squared meters wide and it was meant as public thermae.
The building consists of a big central courtyard surrounded by areas with pavement heating, which have been considered as: tepidarium, caldarium, laconicum as the usual thermal sequence required.
A big open area was located outside the building, probably used as a garden and originally fenced by outer walls.
Since a few days, the archaeological inquiry on the top of “San Martino” mount in Trentin, in the mountain range between Lomaso and Altogarda, undertaken by the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the Independent Province of Trent, concerning the ancient fortress which was brought to light 4 years ago has restarted.
It is reachable by just one hour and a half on foot from Lundo, and it is bringing back to life a barbarian fortress, the last, isolated bulwark of the ancient Garda system and of the rich towns in the Po plain: Verona and Brescia.
The excavation campaign, which has reached its fourth year, will go on up to the end of August. The excavation site has reached an extreme importance: this is why the experts all around Europe are already promoting and studying this case.
In particular the “Kommission zur vergleichenden Archäologie römischer Alpen und Donauländer der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften” which will come under partnership with the Independent Province of Trent and the municipal district of Lomaso, in order to co-operate in archaeological researches and studies in the particular Trentin archaeological environment.
The partnership programme has been approved this morning, during the meeting in Malga Stabio, by the provincial council.
The interest of the “Bayerische Akademie” for the barbarian fortress on Monte San Martino is so important because the Bavarian cultural center focuses its researches on research and scientific divulgation of sites, settlements, necropolis, and cultural events of all the populations which gave birth to the Roman-barbarian kingdoms, which put an end to the ancient civilization and represent the modern Europe’s roots.
The Province interest in starting the co-operation is grounded by the need to promote the consolidation process of the internationalization and enhancement of the research system in Trentin, basing it on reciprocity and co-operation with other scientific and technological research authorities, and on the quality of its members, a fundamental resource for the growth and development of the whole Trentin community.
The archaeological site in Monte San Martino hosts very important elements which bear witness to the hard years going back to Goths, Byzantines, Lombards and Frankish in the Trentin territory.