Ancient build­ing dis­cov­ered in Calpe

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jo Pugh jpugh@cb­

A TEAM of ar­chae­ol­o­gists has made a last-minute dis­cov­ery dur­ing a two month dig near Calpe rock.

It fol­lows the un­earthing of a large de­fen­sive bas­tion last year, which was five me­tres wide and 6.5 me­tres long. It had walls 1.3 me­tres thick, and was con­sid­ered an ex­tremely im­por­tant find. This tower that had the func­tion of de­fend­ing the town from a high viewpoint, and was il­lus­trated in an 1809 book by French trav­eller Alexan­dre de Laborde.

Whilst work­ing on the tower, the team then fo­cused ef­forts on work­ing in its vicin­ity, and made a sur­pris­ing dis- cov­ery. The found a door­way 1.5 me­tres wide, which then led into part of a build­ing 3.1 me­tres wide. The func­tion of this con­struc­tion, which has been tem­po­rar­ily named ‘Build­ing 13’, is as yet un­known. It is thought to date back to the four­teenth cen­tury.

As the ar­chae­ol­o­gists have fin­ished their dig for this year, they will have to wait un­til they can re­turn to ex­ca­vate the in­te­rior and find any arte­facts. One hy­poth­e­sis is that it could have been an an­i­mal shel­ter.

The dis­cov­ery opens the pos­si­bil­ity of find­ing more ancient in­hab­ited spa­ces near the rock. This is the main ob­jec­tive of re­search which will take place in this area in the com­ing years.

The works have been car­ried out by a team from MARQ – the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal mu­seum of Ali­cante. This year’s dig be­gan in July, and con­tin­ued un­til the end of Au­gust, when the build­ing was dis­cov­ered dur­ing the fi­nal week of work.

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