The counties of Girona have hosted nearly 180 archaeological and palaeontological interventions this year. Most, 150, correspond to preventive interventions when projection of works is planned and may affect remnants, followed by research interventions. In this case, 28 have been made throughout the demarcation, according to the balance made yesterday by the Department of Culture, which has made this year a direct investment of more than 2.2 million euros for interventions and protections of archaeological and palaeontological heritage throughout the country.
In total, 1,024 archaeological and palaeontological interventions were carried out in Catalonia, 861 of which were preventative. From the Ministry they emphasize that, in the case of Girona, the demand for prevention interventions promoted since municipal planning has increased.
With regard to research, 157 have been done throughout Catalonia and urgently, which have been carried out directly by the Department in those places where there were no known remains and were discovered during the realization of a work.
Of the thousands of actions carried out in Catalonia during 2019, there are some that stand out for its uniqueness and scientific importance of national impact. In the field of palaeontology, the Camp dels Ninots in Caldes de Malavella has located this year an exceptional group of fauna that died in a volcanic event, for example.
At the sites of the Generalitat, Culture will intervene this year in all of them through excavations, surveys and consolidations. The port facade of the Greek city of Emporion and structures in the harbor district have been uncovered at the Empúries site, while Ullastret has found a series of buildings inside the pit, as well as the part of a bridge that would allow to cross the moat.
In addition, Cultura informed that yesterday the excavation began in the village of Santa Creu de Rodes, of the monumental complex of Sant Pere de Rodes in the Alt Empordà.
Finally, underwater archeology is also continuing its research, this year focusing on the lacustrine site of the Draga de Banyoles and the Roman boat of the Formigues Islands.