From December 26, 2019 to June 25, 2020, the project for the management of the units of the archaeological deposit of the Los Baños Museum has been developed.
This is the first phase of the organization of the findings that have been carried out in Alhama since the first excavations carried out in 1985.
There have been numerous actions carried out in the urban area and in the municipality with such emblematic sites as the Spa -now Museum-, the Castle of Alhama, the site of Las Paleras or the Murtal that, today, continue to maintain research projects, which this year will reopen their doors with a new field of work in the Murtal and Las Paleras , with special care to the new situation derived from Covid-19.For six months the project has been based on the review, ordering and cultural classification of archaeological materials and has had the participation of an archaeologist, Julián Vargas Díaz; and two administrative assistants, Hortensia Alcolea López and María Josefa Martínez Navarro, who have registered a set of materials such as ceramics, textile fibers, stone, metals, glass in the new deposit boxes purchased for this purpose.
In total, approximately 10,000 fragments have been handled, distributed in some 1,500 bags and deposited in 150 boxes.The functions carried out by the archaeologist have consisted in the cultural ordering and classification of archaeological materials and by means of a computerized record taking as reference the sites, stratigraphic units and pieces, selecting the musealizables and those that can be restored for exhibition in a visiting warehouse.
or museum, while the two administrative techniques have focused on the revision work of the boxes in each site and on the revision and preparation of new bags and cards to be made.Materials have been recorded from the sites of the Castillo de Alhama, El Murtal, Torre de Inchola, the Roman town of Venta Aledo, Thermal Baths and Las Paleras, and various urban excavations such as Calle Corredera, Calle Fulgencio Cerón, Parrricas or Old Town Hall, so chronologies ranging from the 3rd millennium BC to the 19th century have been covered. Likewise, various surveys carried out at different sites in our municipal area have been ordered and classified, which allows us to study practically all of the evolution of the settlement in our town through archaeological evidence. This project is part of the subsidies requested from the SEF within the Local Public Employment for Municipalities program and with non-profit entities, the Local Public Employment Subprogram, corresponding to the 2019 call. The total budget of personnel and materials has been € 56,437.38, of which the SEF has financed € 52,558.92 and the City of Alhama has contributed the amount of € 4,200 allocated for the acquisition of materials, mainly for restoration, Closed plastic deposit boxes, Euro-container type, adaptable and with a lid for the storage of archaeological pieces and all the necessary materials for personal equipment -EPI-, plastic bags and containers, bag registration cards, etc. The results have been of special interest since it is the continuity of the research process, after the excavation and cleaning of materials, it continues with the objectives of the research: cataloging and ordering of materials, facilitating access to them, is the next step to continue with the study, exhibition and dissemination of the sites and ultimately the history of a town, in this case Alhama de Murcia.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia