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Recent Discovery of an Urban Winery in Rirha (Sidi Slimane, Morocco), 2nd–3rd Century CE

Abstract : The Rirha site, in the fertile plain of Gharb, 8 km north of the present-day town of Sidi Slimane, lies along the right bank of a bend in the Beth wadi, a tributary of the river Sebou (fig. 1). The site was occupied continuously from the Mauretanian period (from the 6th/5th c. BCE) until Roman times (up to the 3rd–4th c. CE), then later after a hiatus, throughout the Middle Ages (from the 8th/9th c. to the 14th/15th c.). At the eastern end of the site, bordering a thick skirting wall – and what was probably a monumental gate – the first remains connected to a Roman artisanal winery were discovered. It is located in a quarter that has yielded a Volubilitan peristyle domus and a thermal complex. Built in the last quarter of the 2nd c., it has been exceptionally well preserved thanks to a fire around the mid-3rd century. In this study we present the preliminary findings of an ongoing study, detailing the remains uncovered, the traces of winemaking, and in general the importance of this discovery for our knowledge of the economy of Roman Africa.
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Charlotte Carrato, Abdelfattah Ichkhakh, Mohamed Kbiri Alaoui, Elsa Rocca, Marie-Pierre Ruas, et al.. Recent Discovery of an Urban Winery in Rirha (Sidi Slimane, Morocco), 2nd–3rd Century CE. Jean-Pierre Brun; Nicolas Garnier; Gloria Olcese. Making Wine in Western-Mediterranean / Production and the Trade of Amphorae: Some New Data from Italy, Panel 3.5, Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World 9, Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World (9), pp.167-175, 2020. ⟨hal-03183234⟩

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