Excavation at RoseVille office building site reveals Roman-era findings

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Belgian real estate developer Atenor entrusted the Budapest History Museum with the archaeological excavation of the plot of Bécsi út 68-84 in Óbuda, the site of office project RoseVille office building, with the excavation revealing a large number of archaeological findings associated with Roman-era burials, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The excavation works have been underway since the end of March 2019, now nearing completion, with 550 sqm of safety lane sections remaining.

The Roman-era military town developed in the area of present-day Flórián square and its vicinity could have been a settlement of at least 10,000-15,000 people, the press release notes. Along and to the west of Bécsi út, the area was used for burial from the end of the 1st century A.D. to the beginning-middle of the 4th century.

The excavation revealed about 4,000 phenomena that could be associated with burials; many tombs were found, including an intact construction with a skeleton of a man, numerous objects that were beside the deceased people (ceramic jugs, glasses, plates, ceramic candle pots, coins, bird-shaped ceramic rattles, and jewellery), also some tombstones that remained at the site of their installation or in a fallen state, and the foundations of the fence walls of two graveyards. One of the most exciting founds were two curse tablets because so far, only 11 specimens have been known from the territory of the former province of Pannonia.

"The significance of the excavation, in addition to the discovery of a large number of archaeological phenomena and finds, is that in a historical city core (where usually only much smaller, sometimes not even contacting, mosaic-like surfaces can be studied) it was possible to study such a large area. In this way, it is much clearer to examine the correlations and changes over time in the area, which will hopefully provide further insights into the life of the community of people who lived here in Roman times," summarizes Péter Vámos, excavation leader.

The developer purchased the 6,604 sqm plot complex last spring, on which, following a merger, it began deep foundation and foundation works in September this year after obtaining a valid building permit. Construction works are set to begin next January, after which the building will be handed over at the end of 2021.

Atenor's A + category office building with approximately 15,000 sqm of leasable office space will offer two underground garage levels, with a total of 315 parking spaces. In addition to the green certificates, the project will be built to satisfy all requirements by accessibility focused Access4You. Aimed at obtaining the BREEAM “Excellent” certification, the primary aspect of the development is to create a people-oriented workplace that fits perfectly into the historical townscape and serves the needs and future plans of the companies moving here, according to the press release.

RoseVille office building was designed by Artonic Design Architect Studio. The project is co-exclusively leased by Cushman & Wakefield and Eston International.

The results of the excavation are available in detail on the BTM Archaeological Portal, Régészet Budapesten.

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