The Roman Villa of Paturro is an archaeological site of a large Roman villa located in the mining Sierra de Cartagena-La Unión , in the vicinity of the town of Portmán. The excavations since 1969 have revealed the existence, in terraced sectors, of two well differentiated parts: One part, decorated with great luxury of materials, is dedicated to housing and another part dedicated to industrial exploitation.
The town of Paturro shows two different levels of occupation. A first level from the republican era in which the town would be linked to the exploitation of silver, lead and other metals from the Carthago Nova mines. A second level dates from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD in which the town appears associated with exploitations of garum (salted fish). The villa was abandoned in the 3rd century.
Among all the remains found, a large polychrome mosaic stands out (the largest in the Region of Murcia) that shows the figures of a deity and a peacock . Also noteworthy is the white marble head of a satyr. Numerous remains of parietal painting and coatings and architectural elements of marble of different types have also been found.
The large polychrome mosaic, with some other fragments from the excavations, is deposited in the Archaeological Museum of La Unión located in the hamlet of Portmán, while the rest of the materials are distributed between the archaeological museums of Cartagena and Murcia.References:
Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.
Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.
Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.