Un océano de paz en el Sistema Ibérico

Celtiberian route

            If you like antique remains, in our area you can find several  places where the first historic settlers in the Iberian peninsula lived.

            The Iberian Range keeps some Celt Iberian or Roman settlements  which take us back to life in these mountains more than 2,000 years ago. All of them are only partially excavated so they can only show a part of their archaeological value yet, though the archaeological museums in Calatayud and Soria already keep all the pieces found in the excavations in the sites, which explain more efficiently culture and life in our land from centuries -II to +II.

            Firstly, in half an hour we can reach Segeda, important Celt Iberian town, which was the first to mint coins in the central Iberian Range. If we go back to the year 153 BC, it was when Rome trying to conquer the Iberian peninsula declared war to Segeda and to make it easier its conquest brought forward the beginning of the year from the Idus of March to the month of February. Yes, in fact, this town was the cause of the start in winter of the present calendar.

            Nowadays, Segeda has been discovered in the peak El Poyo, near the village of Mara. The festivities of the Idus of March and the Vulcanalia in August recall that distant past. The remains of the old settlement can only be visited in mid-September in a "open doors day".

Aerial view of the remains of Segeda

            After visiting Mara - Segeda, next step is the Roman site of de Bílbilis at about 6 Km far from present Calatayud. This town was both the birth and burial place of the Latin satiric poet Marcial, author of the famous "Epigrams" where he deeply criticized society of his time in Rome. After Bilbilis, in Calatayud (its inhabitants are still named "bilbilitanos") you can visit its Museo Arqueológico which keeps some interesting pieces from the excavations in Bilbilis.

 

Views of the remains of Roman Bílbilis

            If you want to deepen in the epoch you can travel to Soria, which holds a n excellent archeological museum, or visit the remains of the celtiberian town of Numancia, nearby.

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