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

MORE THAN one hun­dred vis­i­tors at­tended an open evening at the Cova de les Bruixes near Ben­i­tachell last week, as they cel­e­brated World Tourism Day.

The at­ten­dees en­joyed a pleas­ant walk among the ru­ral land­scape and vine­yards as they walked to the site. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists Miquel Sánchez and Anna Vi­ci­ach ex­plained the lat­est find­ings once they ar­rived. Dur­ing the past few weeks, three an­cient lamps have been dis­cov­ered, one dat­ing back to the 11th cen­tury and two from the twelfth.

The oil lamps were for do­mes­tic use, and were man­u­fac­tured in Daniya - now known as De­nia. At the site was also an Is­lamic farm­house linked to ce­real crop pro­duc­tion.

Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions have al­ready un­earthed a dozen si­los used to store ce­re­als and then sub­se­quently filled with waste gen­er­ated by the farm. Its in­hab­i­tants used the lamps in their homes, a tech­no­log­i­cal nov­elty at the time.

Re­searchers have also found pot­tery for do­mes­tic use and a large num­ber of snails, of both ter­res­trial and ma­rine va­ri­eties. “This new find­ing can tell us many things about the daily lives of our an­ces­tors. For ex­am­ple, it is now con­firmed that mol­luscs had great di­etary im­por­tance next to ce­re­als” said Sánchez.

The vis­i­tors re­turned to the mar­ket place in Ben­i­tachell for re­fresh­ments fol­low­ing their en­joy­able evening.

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