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Field Archeology Course in the Villa Romana de Los Cantos (21/08/2019)

Throughout this month of August, about twenty people, including archeology students, amateur volunteers and university professors, have been excavating and investigating the Villa Romana de Los Cantos, in the framework of the Field Archeology Course organized by the Center of Studies of the Ancient World (CEPOAT) of the University of Murcia and the Bullas Wine Museum, with the collaboration of the Bullas Town Hall and the Bullas Wine Route Association.

This Course is the result of the collaboration that the University of Murcia and the City of Bullas have maintained for three consecutive years.

The initiative has double utility: on the one hand, it serves for future archaeologists to have a first contact with field practices, and on the other, the Local Consistory, through its Wine Museum, keeps open the lines of research that In recent years they have been developing in the field.

During the fifteen days of the Course, and within the field work, the total excavation of the so-called sector G of the DOMUS has been completed, where a kind of well or landfill has been located in which numerous findings of great utility for the reconstruction of the historical past of the Villa, among them an interesting collection of pins, most likely used for hair restraint, as well as numerous fragments of ceramics, metal, bones, glass, etc.

This material offers great possibilities when it comes to dating the occupation of the archeological enclave.

"For the people of Bullas it is important that there are programs of this type that help us to know more in depth this site and, more specifically, its residential area and also the area where the sculptures of the children were, now in our Museum of Wine "said the Mayor, María Dolores Muñoz, who attended accompanied by the Councilors of Tourism and Cultural Heritage to the closing of the course at a restaurant in the town.

On the other hand, this year, and thanks to the grant recently granted by the General Directorate of Cultural Property to intervene in the archaeological heritage of the Region of Murcia, excavations in Los Cantos may be extended throughout the month of September and will feature the support of parallel studies, such as the analysis of the subsoil by georradar, partial restoration and consolidation work, as well as numerous analyzes of the extracted material.

The project is entitled 'Archaeological and research study of the construction phases and areas of the Villa Romana de Los Cantos (Bullas)', aiming to study in depth the relationship between the different parts of the town, including the main residential area (domus), work and production areas, construction phases of the hot springs, and with it, in addition, to be able to delimit the priority work areas in subsequent subsequent campaigns.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Bullas

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