Summer archaeological excavations at the Laderas del Castillo

MARQ Callosa

More than 20 students and graduate volunteers are collaborating on these works in Callosa de Segura

The Alicante Archaeology Museum (MARQ) is currently immersed in excavation work at the Laderas del Castill site in Callosa de Segura. This programme, which will continue until July, intends to reveal part of the ruins conserved beneath the sediment that covert the pine-forested mountainside where a village was constructed.

More than 20 graduates and university students are voluntarily collaborating on this work, directed by the archaeologists Juan Antonio López and Francisco Javier Jover. Amongst the tasks being carried out, they are opening a new area for excavation and working to clear rubble and clean this enclave so as to uncover the walled structures that emerge.

This campaign is part of a collaboration project between the Alicante Provincial Council and Callosa Town Hall that aims to increase knowledge of the ancient civilisations that populated the area. The work is also a continuation of preliminary explorations and studies carried out last year in this prehistoric part of the province.

Laderas del Castillo

Discovered early in the last century, it is known that important Bronze Age remains belonging to an extensive settlement – covering almost two hectares – existed there. It was part of the so-called ‘El Argar culture’ that settled around the skirt of the Sierra de Callosa approximately 4,000 years ago. The dimensions and importance of this settlement must have made it one of the most significant centres of population in the Segura River Basin at the time.

The archaeology museums of Alicante and Cataluña currently keep numerous bronze items, ceramic receptacles, bone instruments and adornments, ivory and mother of pearl, as well as different mills, hammers and other stone tools from the excavations carried out in the area at the beginning of the 20th century. To them are added the collection kept at the Callosa Municipal Archaeology museum, which recently moved to new premises.

 

 

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