His­toric relics come home

An­cient Ma­rina Alta trea­sures to go on dis­play

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Jack Troughton VALU­ABLE arte­facts re­cov­ered from more than 60 ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites across the Ma­rina Alta are to go on dis­play in Jávea’s town mu­seum.

The col­lec­tion – which in­cludes hu­man re­mains, tools and weapons, and jew­ellery - has been at the spe­cial­ist provin­cial MARQ mu­seum in Ali­cante for the last 20 years and is known as the ‘Ma­rina Col­lec­tion 95’.

Jávea handed the relics to MARQ in 1998 and it was the cen­tre of a study by ar­chae­ol­o­gist Jorge Soler, who spe­cialises in the pre­his­toric era and last year formed the ba­sis of a 584 page aca­demic vol­ume: ‘new data for the knowl­edge of pre­his­tory in the re­gion of the Ma­rina Alta’.

The work by Soler and col- league Josep Casabó is based on 19 sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions sur­round­ing his stud­ies with the col­lec­tion.

It is now back in Jávea and will join other valu­able pieces that can be seen at the Soler Blasco Mu­nic­i­pal Mu­seum in Jávea old town.

Mu­seum di­rec­tor Joaquim Bolufer has said the most im­por­tant pieces date from the 4th-3rd mil­len­nium BC, he said they were taken from “caves used for buri­als in the pre-Bronze Age era.”

He said work was now un­der­way on an ex­hi­bi­tion project to show off the items in the mu­seum and in other Ma­rina Alta com­mu­ni­ties.

The Aula de la Natura build­ing on the left of Calpe rock

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