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Works on Parricas Street discover new archaeological remains (21/05/2018)

Among the projects being carried out by the City Council of Alhama de Murcia through the councils of Infrastructure and Public Services and Urban Planning, the change of the old sanitation and supply networks in the Parricas street is being executed, which will end with the paving in a single platform of this way.

Parricas street is located on the eastern slope of Cerro del Castillo and close to the monumental complex of Los Baños, the Castle and the church of San Lázaro Obispo, all with the category of Cultural Interest, and whose surroundings have an A grade and B for archaeological protection in the General Plan of Urban Planning.

So in works of this type, in which there is removal of land, it is necessary and mandatory to carry out the supervision and excavations ordered by the General Directorate of Cultural Property of the CARM and which aim to document the history of the villa.

Since last March the work began on Parricas street, they have been monitoring and controlling the removals of land from the ditches that have allowed the delimitation of areas that have archaeological finds that do not. in this way have a knowledge tool for future works that may arise in the area.

The area in which it has been necessary to carry out the archaeological excavation has been the foreseeable, that is to say, the area adjoining the findings of a large Islamic house that was documented in 2003 and whose murary remains penetrated the profiles of the sidewalk. onto the street.

We must bear in mind that the urbanism of this area begins to order with the alignments that we currently have at the end of the seventeenth century and especially from the eighteenth century.

The coordination of the councils of Infrastructures and Public Services, of Urbanism and of Culture and Patrimony, next to the collaboration of the Urdecón company, has favored the adoption of joint measures to carry out the works sanitation and supply and to take advantage of the movement of earth to carry out the corresponding and mandatory archaeological excavation.

Although some specific interventions had been made, this intervention began on Monday 14, extending throughout the week until Friday, May 18, under the direction of archaeologist Juan Antonio Ramírez Águila, with the collaboration of the City of Alhama of Murcia and the company awarded the works.

In this way, the archaeological performance has been streamlined, always complex when it comes to urban archeology and to be carried out in the middle of a busy street with permanent passage.

An area with a total length of 30 m and a width of 2.50 m has been opened, using mechanical means in the first levels of recent fillings and manual excavation with archaeological methodology in the oldest levels.

During the works, with the support of the company awarded the works, with regard to the extraction of land, efforts have been made, on the one hand, to work closely with the aforementioned company and, at the same time, to interfere as little as possible with the use of the street on the part of the neighbors, to whom we must thank for patience and understanding before the findings that came to complete the old excavations of the year 2003 and the following interventions in the year 2008. Ten years later the results have come to complete the great interest of the area, with a cultural sequence from a final bronze phase and the Iberian period to the present.

The important thing is that each time we have a greater degree of knowledge and information so relevant for the knowledge of the cultural heritage and the history of Alhama.

Throughout the five days of excavation, new structures belonging to a large mansion have been documented, thus completing the structures discovered in 2003, which have been preserved under the existing replacementta in this street.

In this way it is known what would be a large country house of the thirteenth century (an almunia), built on Roman remains and what would then be around Alhama, a large building of about 240 m2, owned by a high character local of the time, in the line of other large country residences existing around the huerta of Murcia or Lorca, and in which we can see the background of the large farms of Granada Nazari during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

A cemetery associated with this great mansion was documented both in 2003 and in 2008 in the interventions carried out in buildings 9-13 and 15-17.

However, this construction presents a great decorative austerity, as corresponds to the Almohad period in which we have been able to frame its construction.

The compatibility of necessary and mandatory urban works have been compatible with the conservation of the heritage and history of Alhama de Murcia, and the joint effort of the administration to find and find the appropriate solutions to each case make it possible for the story to remain in situ for generations to come and in this case, on the pavement of Parricas street will be marked the findings for a greater knowledge of neighbors and visitors.

The remains, about 800 years old, are going to be covered again for better conservation, restoring circulation on the street but not before having contributed an important information for the history of the municipality.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia

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