Stolen stat­ues on show

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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.

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