Ro­mans on the radar

A ground-pen­e­trat­ing radar sur­vey has started at La Pi­cola

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GROUND-pen­e­trat­ing radar (GPR) started sur­vey­ing streets in Santa Pola on Tuesday around the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site of La Pi­cola, the mar­ket and the Palmeral.

The pur­pose is to de­ter­mine how far the Ro­man set­tle­ment of Por­tus Ilic­i­tanus ex­tended and what con­di­tion any re­main­ing struc­tures un­der­ground may be in.

“The GPR sends out waves which pro­vide a read­ing and give a pro­file of what is there, but af­ter­wards all this in­for­ma­tion has to be pro­cessed,” ex­plained ex­ca­va­tion di­rec­tor, Juan Fran­cisco Ál­varez. “With­out doubt there are ar­eas that have been al­tered, for ex­am­ple here on Calle Zamora we know that a lot of earth has been moved and it has all been changed, but since there used to be a necrop­o­lis per­haps this has been pre­served.

“On Avenida Sala­manca, the area next to the mar­ket and the site, there was an Ibe­rian fort and other durable struc­tures so it is un­likely that just lay­ing tar­mac or pipes would have dam­aged them.”

An­other area next to the ceme­tery was also part of the Ibe­rian fort, and ‘it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if this part is com­plete’, noted Sr Ál­varez.

The di­rec­tor of the Museo del Mar (mu­seum of the sea), María José Cerdá said an ex­hi­bi­tion show­ing the re­sults of this sum­mer’s ex­ca­va­tions at La Pi­cola should be open by the end of this year or early 2019.

It will in­clude the re­sults of GPR sur­veys car­ried out last year as well as this.

“All this will give us enough in­for­ma­tion to plan next year’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions, but will also help sci­en­tific re­search, raise pub­lic aware­ness of the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing her­itage, and pro­vide data so that in the fu­ture politi­cians can re­spect our her­itage and have all the sci­en­tific knowl­edge about it,” she added.

There will be a free guided tour of La Pi­cola, in­clud­ing a drama­ti­sa­tion of Ro­man fu­neral rites to­mor­row (Satur­day, Novem­ber 10) at 17.00. Places are lim­ited and can be re­served by call­ing the mu­seum on 96 541 62 23 be­tween 10.00 and 13.00 or 16.00 and 19.00.

The GPR in ac­tion in Santa Pola this week

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