‘No dam­age’ claim

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SAN Ful­gen­cio town hall has de­nied that builders dam­aged an an­cient Ibe­rian ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site by dump­ing tonnes of earth on top of it.

La Es­cuera lies in the foothills of the Sierra del Mo­lar by La Ma­rina ur­ban­i­sa­tion and dates from be­tween the fifth and sec­ond cen­turies BC.

Con­cerns were raised by op­po­si­tion party PIPN, after the com­pany broke through the fence en­clos­ing the ad­ja­cent plot and used it to pile up soil.

In re­sponse, the mu­nic­i­pal ar­chae­ol­o­gist drew up a re­port which con­cluded that ‘noth­ing was af­fected’.

Coun­cil spokesman Joel Noche said the fence has now been fixed, all the ma­te­ri­als had been re­moved and ‘ev­ery­thing is cor­rect’.

How­ever, a PIPN spokesman cast doubt on the find­ings, point­ing out that the earth was cleared from the his­toric re­mains us­ing heavy ma­chin­ery.

He said the site is still cov­ered with earth and asked the re­gional gov­ern­ment to ver­ify that no dam­age has been done.

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