Stolen statues on show
By Nuria Pérez TWO ROMAN statues related to grape collection rituals have been handed to Bullas wine museum for a temporary exhibition.
The marble sculptures were found in properties in Lorca and Cartagena in September 2016 by the Guardia Civil during an operation against pillaging of heritage sites. The effigies had been stolen at the beginning of the 20th century from Los Cantos archaeological site in Bullas - which comprises a Roman villa from the first century BC.
They were part of a collection dedicated to farming activities. A Guardia Civil spokesman explained that documents written by archaeologists at the beginning of the 20th century comprehensively described four statues which stood in the corners of the typical Roman ' patio impluvium' and were used as small fountains.
The impluvium was a roofless courtyard in the middle of the house which was used to collect rainwater and cool the property in the summer, with the rooms distributed off this centrepiece of the property.
Los Cantos villa stood in a vineyard, as Bullas first became an important wine producing area in Roman times.