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New ceramic and bone remains found at Spain's Torrello del Boverot site

Archaeological work at the Torrello del Boverot site in Almassora in eastern Spain has resumed after a 16-year hiatus, and has revealed new remains of pottery and bones, according to a communique issued by the local town hall.

New ceramic and bone remains found at Spain's Torrello del Boverot site
Credit: El Mundo
The project aims to explore below the walls surrounding the ancient village to determine their exact date of construction. Although experts believe that the walls were erected during the third century BC, there is no evidence to support this view.

During the first day of work, archaeologists found remains of pottery from between the third and second centuries BC, mainly everyday objects such as plates or pots, some of them with incised decoration. They have also collected several fragments of animal bones (cattle and poultry) that were kept for domestic consumption by the settlement's inhabitants.

"This intervention will allow us to delve deeper into the lower strata of the wall and create a time-line of events that affected the village based on the information contained in each layer," explained the municipal archaeologist, Gerardo Clausell.

Local councillor for Cultural Heritage, Amaya Gomez, said "archaeologists believe that, in this section of the wall or in others which we will be examining, architectural elements such as columns or towers are expected to be found that will enrich our current knowledge regarding the history of the settlement, one of the most important in the Valencia Region and an authentic tourist asset for Almassora".

The Almassora City Council has also affirmed that it "plans to restore the most damaged sections of the wall."

The excavation has a budget of 15,000 euros, which is in addition to the nearly 8,000 euros that the local government spent in 2016 to consolidate the remains of the site. The work, which will last until the end of November, will involve the digging of a trench almost three metres deep, running 10 metres parallel to the wall and four metres wide.

Source: El Mundo [November 04, 2017]

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