Echoes from the City of the Dead The great necropolis of Olisipo
This documentary covers more than a century of archaeological discoveries in the great necropolis of Olisipo, the Roman Lisbon, from the first finding in 1850 to the discoveries made during the subway construction works in 1960 and the construction of the Praça da Figueira parking lot, in 1999.
Meanwhile, our perception of its great extension – along the road that linked the Roman city to its territory to the north – has been amplified by recent archaeological excavations, namely those that took place at Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, Calçada do Lavra and Rua de Santa Marta.
As discoveries and investigations continue, we are presented with the remains of graves, funerary monuments, human remains, and funerary objects that accompanied the deceased on their final journey.
In the midst of skeletons and the remains of cremations, there were also pots, jugs, oil lamps, silver rings, game pieces, the rare compass from a woman who worked in gold jewellery, the skeleton buried with a coin to pay for the journey between the world of the living and that of the dead, and the kit that went along with a Roman doctor to his grave – many stories that call to mind those who lived in ancient Roman Lisbon.
The great necropolis of Olisipo is thus gradually unveiled, offering us new and fascinating knowledge about our Roman ancestors.
The documentary presents the first recreation of what that necropolis would have been like. Through its 3D virtual archaeological recreation and featuring animations that help us to travel to the ancient time of Olisipo, the value of archaeology is there for everyone to see.
The work of archaeologists and conservators-restorers was covered for a period of four years, an effort that resulted in knowledge, narratives to be told and the finding of extraordinary objects that reveal the ways of living and dying – during approximately two millennia – in the westernmost municipality of the Roman Empire.
"Best Historical Film"
Directed by: Raul Losada