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modern excavations

During the sixties and seventies the cleaning and exploration cloister’s area tasks were started, especially at the arcades that sustained the Romanesque archway. Jaume Espinalt has made its description. Little after that, the Amics de la Seu and the Amics de l’Art Romànic associations followed researching the walls, indicative of the Romanesque temple characteristics. In 1981 Miquel Cura and Enric Sanmartí studied the found Greek and Italian imported ceramics and corroborated the existence of an Iberian village. The research of the elements found, which are kept at the Museu Comarcal de Manresa (Museum of Manresa), was followed straight away by Antoni Daura and Joan Gaobart who published (1982-1985) more results. All this information was revisited by Eduard Sánchez in his university degree thesis, published in 1987.

A year before (1986), under the direction of Antoni Daura and Eduard Sánchez and with the patronage of the city council and the Amics de la Seu association, were made several drilling works all over the hill in order to evaluate its whole characteristics. The works brought up more objects and also part of a necropolis already known before. In the intervention context of the cloister area restoration, leadered by the Amics de la Seu association and financed by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Govermment of Catalonia) (1989-1992), new objects were discovered helping in the knowledge of this spot historical vicissitudes. We point up several internments and the remains of a bronze reverberation furnace where a bell was forged. These works were started by Antoni Caballé, Josep Pujades and Marta Sancho, in a first phase, and by Eduard Sánchez in a second one, principally focused at the subsoil of the Favets chapel. Finally it has to be mentioned the work done by David Olivares, from the Arqueociència enterprise, which led to the discovering of medieval habitat evidences.