STONE structures from the late Roman period, which have initially been dated back to the third and fourth centuries AD, have been uncovered during excavations in the Calatrava district of Palma.
The excavations have been in process for a year, and earlier finds include a 14th century cemetery which up to date has revealed 210 graves.
The bodies found in the graves were victims of the black plague of 1348.
Sa Calatrava is one of the oldest parts of the city and the area where the excavations are taking place used to be the orchard of a Poor Clares convent. It was used as a cemetery during the black plague.
Archaeologist María Llinas said that layers of Roman materials, such as ceramics, tiles, remains of amphorae, were being uncovered beneath the graves.
Excavations are being directed by Francisca Torres, but Llinás has been working there since they started.
She said that the late Roman structures which have been uncovered are the same type as those found at Pollentia, near Alcudia. However, no further details were revealed. We were the first to be surprised, said Joan Josep Mas, who is the head of the Council of Majorca's historical heritage department.
He added that the Council was awaiting the results of the dig, but would not make any statements until the end of the excavations.
Other sites were major archaeological finds have been made include Antoni Maura, where a carpark is to be built.