ROMAN ERA IN MARATEA
THE VILLAES OF THE ROMAN ERA
At the beginning of the III century a.C. the village on Capo la Timpa was finally abandoned.
We do not know exactly the following settlement model, but archaeologists assume that in the Roman era the territory of Maratea housed a disused settlement, with small nuclei joined by the great patrician maritime villae.
One of these villae was found at the Secca di Castrocucco, where findings also testify the presence of a fish farm.
The Vicus in the Roman era
Anchors & Amphorae
The main archaeological emergency of the Roman period is, rather than the coast or the hinterland, the small island of Santo Janni, in whose depths the largest deposit of Roman anchors and amphorae in the Mediterranean has been found.
These finds, now on display in the perennial exhibition of underwater archeology at Palazzo De Lieto, are the most direct testimony of the importance of the Roman Maratea, whose name we ignore, in the panorama of ancient maritime businesses: anchors were left on the seabed by ships that they traveled through the Mediterranean, from Rome to Sicily, from Spain to the African coasts.