The archaeological evidence of grain stores and warehouses in North Africa is limited; knowledge is mainly based on epigraphic and literary sources. The recent research conducted by INSAP of Rabat and Siena University in the city of Thamusida (Morocco) shed new light on the study of large and small warehouses. This article identifies a quadrangular building with buttresses in the city of Banasa as another example of a warehouse built to satisfy the need of an urban micro-economy. The study includes a modelling of the territorial context in the period between the end of the 1st century A.D. and the second half of the 2nd century A.D., when with the construction of the great horreum of Thamusida, it is argued the Banasitan grain was included in the cereal production context on an extra-territorial scale.

An urban warehouse for foodstuffs in the Iulia Valentia Banasa colony (Mauretania Tingitana, Morocco)

Francesco Martorella
2020

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The archaeological evidence of grain stores and warehouses in North Africa is limited; knowledge is mainly based on epigraphic and literary sources. The recent research conducted by INSAP of Rabat and Siena University in the city of Thamusida (Morocco) shed new light on the study of large and small warehouses. This article identifies a quadrangular building with buttresses in the city of Banasa as another example of a warehouse built to satisfy the need of an urban micro-economy. The study includes a modelling of the territorial context in the period between the end of the 1st century A.D. and the second half of the 2nd century A.D., when with the construction of the great horreum of Thamusida, it is argued the Banasitan grain was included in the cereal production context on an extra-territorial scale.
Les témoignages archéologiques de greniers ou d’entrepôts en Afrique du Nord sont peu nombreux, ne s’étendant qu’aux sources épigraphiques et littéraires. Les recherches récentes menées par l’INSAP de Rabat et l’Université de Sienne dans la ville de Thamusida (Maroc) ont apporté un éclairage nouveau sur l’étude des grands et petits entrepôts. Cet article analyse le cas du bâtiment quadrangulaire avec contreforts de la ville de Banasa, un exemple d’entrepôt bâti pour répondre aux besoins de la micro-économie urbaine. L’étude a permis d’analyser le contexte territorial dans la période comprise entre la fin du ier s. apr. J.-C. et la seconde moitié du iie s. apr. J.-C., lorsque, avec la construction du grand horreum de Thamusida, le blé du territoire de Banasa s’est inséré dans un contexte de production céréalière à l’échelle
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