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The ornamental program of the village of Los Torrejones presented at a congress in Rome (03/07/2018)

The preliminary results of the archaeological studies that the Municipality of Yecla and the Municipal Archaeological Museum Cayetano de Mergelina (MAYE) are made in recent years in the Roman villa of Los Torrejones de Yecla and, in particular, the studies on its architectural program and ornamental will be presented this week in the context of the International Congress of Architecture Studies Adventus Hadriani 118-2018, whose sessions will be held in Rome and in Tivoli between July 3 and 6 and which has been organized in commemoration of the 2,000th anniversary of the throne of Rome by Emperor Hadrian.

In the session that will take place on Wednesday, July 4, in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Architecture of the Università di Roma La Sapienza, the team led by Liborio Ruiz Molina (director of the MAYE), José Miguel Noguera Celdrán and Begoña Soler Huertas ( Professor of Archeology and researcher, respectively, of the Department of Archeology of the University of Murcia), will defend the communication entitled The Villa Adrianea of ​​Los Torrejones (Yecla, Murcia): architecture and decoration.

It will show the results of archaeological excavations developed between 2014 and 2017 in the village of Los Torrejones, which are allowing to redefine, even in a preliminary way, a monumental architectural complex characterized by a sumptuous decorative program.

Rectangular in plan and more than 3000 m2, this set is articulated around a large peristyle delimited by a porticoed gallery, with a central pond of 36 m by 18 m and a perimeter channel that acted as an overflow.

The available data suggest its construction in the first half of the second century AD, beginning the period of greatest splendor of the enclave, which lasted until the middle of the third century AD

This communication will characterize the architectural, pictorial and marble program (in some cases inspired by models of the Villa Adriana de Tivoli) of phase 2, dated in the first half-mid-second century AD. Of this period highlights the marble program, in which predominates architectural and sculptural material carved in white marmora and also of color of foreign origin (Greek and oriental), as well as a wide representation of ornamental rocks of regional circulation exploited in the Citerior.

It emphasizes in particular a significant set of tiles, decorative plates, opera sectilia and interrasile opera related to the parietal coating of one or several environments of the villa.

The magnitude and the planimetric and architectonic configuration of the whole and especially of the peristyle in the second century, the verified marble program and the precise economic disbursement, are indications that place us before the precedents of the aulic villas of the III and IV centuries AD. They were developed in the middle of the second century AD in Hispania and other provinces.

The model for this phenomenon has been sought in Rome and, in particular, in the Villa de Adriano in Tibur.

The Adventus Hadriani conference is organized by the Università di Roma La Sapienza, the Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata, the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, the Spanish School of History and Archeology in Rome of the Higher Council for Scientific Research and the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo of the Government of Italy, and is sponsored by UNESCO.

His sessions will take place in the Palazzo del Quirinale, the Università di Roma La Sapienza, the Spanish School of History and Archeology in Rome and the Villa Adriana itself.

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Source: Ayuntamiento de Yecla

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