The southern quarter of Baelo Claudia

THE SOUTHERN QUARTER OF Baelo Claudia (TARIFA, SPAIN)

The transformations that took place in the southern sector of the forum in Baelo during Late Antiquity are typical of those that affected towns during this period and help us to understand the evolution of urban landscapes. The public monuments of the Early Empire were gradually abandoned, and then reoccupied by domestic buildings. In addition, the porticoes were “privatised”. The new buildings were plain and made from salvaged materials.

The emphasis here is on the slow, gradual evolution of a district over time. This is illustrated by three characteristic phases: the initial state of the district in the Early Empire – consisting of a market, a square with public buildings, and a religious building –; the deterioration and reuse of public spaces transformed into private spaces; and the reoccupation, common in Late Antiquity, of a district by basic dwellings, humble fishermen’s cottages..

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Villes de l’antiquité tardive du sud de la péninsule Ibérique et du nord de l’Afrique (300-800)

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