Free tour attracts large group
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.