Proyecto LArcHer | Excavaciones

Balma de La Roureda


Vilafranca (Els Ports, Castelló)


Dídac Roman (UJI/PRE-EINA)

Field work



This site was discovered in the 1970s by Dr Ferran Arasa, who collected various lithic remains that suggested the existence of a pre-ceramic site. A review of the materials recovered in those initial surveys (deposited at the Museum of Fine Arts of Castelló) led us to believe that they were from the end of the Palaeolithic period, which led to an excavation campaign in 2007 to confirm the preserved sequence. The materials recovered in this campaign allowed the recovery of an abundant lithic industry dominated by backed and truncated items and scrapers typical of the late Palaeolithic period (Epimagdalenian), confirmed by the dating, which places the occupation around 13,300-13,000 years ago.


ROMAN, D. 2010. El jaciment Epimagdalenià de la balma de la Roureda (Vilafranca, Els ports, País Valencià). Pyrenae 41-2.

ROMAN, D. 2011. La producción lítica en el abrigo de La Roureda (Vilafranca, Els Ports, Castellón). Saguntum-PLAV 43.

ROMAN, D. 2012. Nouveautés sur la séquence du Pléistocène final et l’Holocène initial dans le versant méditerranéen de la Péninsule Ibérique à travers l’industrie lithique. L’Anthropologie 116-5.

REY, M.; ROMÁN, D.; MANGADO, X. 2015. Aproximación al estudio arqueopetrológico de la industria lítica procedente del abrigo de la Roureda (Vilafranca, Els Ports, Castelló, País Valencià). Journal Of Lithic Studies 2-2.

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