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The archaeological site of La Bastide opens today with the launch of the guided tours (12/11/2009)

The archaeological site of La Bastida, located in the council of Las Viñas Carivete, opens its doors to the public on a guided tour in small groups to learn in situ "which will become the center of scientific research culture of the most important Argar Western Europe. "

In this way, visitors can also find the work more than twenty professional archaeologists and researchers develop at the site totanero.

The tours, which last about 40 minutes, will be held every Thursday from 12:00 to 16:00 hours and at most be a total of 5 or 6 groups of 10 each.

People who are interested in going to visit this site will have to apply before the Totana Tourist Office, located on the premises of the City of Totana, and once there, will be the researchers themselves who are responsible for making the visit explanations.

History of the site

The Site Argárica of Bastida, which was discovered in the mid-nineteenth century, was declared of Cultural Interest in 2005 with the rank of archaeological site, and is located next to the Rambla de Lebor, framed in the plenary stage of the Bronze Argar the culture.

Currently, the Autonomous University of Barcelona is working in coordination between the city of Totana and the Autonomous Community, with the help of teachers and project co-directors Vicente Lull, Rafael Mico, Cristina and Robert Risch Rihuete in archaeological work, which revalued with the launch of the museological the site, a four-year (2009-12) which is becoming a reference to the regional level.

To date, as explained by archaeologists have been exploring 2,700 square meters, which have been identified remains of about 30 buildings, mostly built of stone and large, that show the occupation of La Bastida over nearly seven centuries.

At the site have also been discovered to date, 39 tombs, which almost always used a ceramic vessel as a coffin, inside which lay one or two skeletons, with offerings such as pottery vessels, ornaments of stone, bone, copper and silver, and axes, knives and awls of copper and bronze.

This research project includes dissemination and extensive archaeological excavations aimed at discovering the urban layout, retrieve objects testimony of the activities of its inhabitants and tombs that the people of El Argar performed under the floor of their homes, and restoring and conservation of archaeological finds, the retrieval of the old activities of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and scientific analysis.

This project will convert a natural area is the town in a research center of Mediterranean prehistory and as a tourist attraction alive and to promote knowledge of Argaric.

With the implementation of this project aims to boost the Tourism Promotion Plan of the municipality through an appreciation of cultural heritage and make this interpretive center and museum monograph based on a world reference in the research study of culture Argárica and contribute to enhance the rich cultural offerings of Totana and the whole of the Region of Murcia.

View repotaje of the site visit by the Director of Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage, Enrique Ujaldón, and the Mayor of Totana, the last day 5:

http://www.murcia.com/totana/fotos/2009/2009/la-bastida-yacimiento-argarico/

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana. Fotos: Archivo murcia.com

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