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The Archaeological Museum of Murcia unveils the new archaeological finds of the Cueva del Arco de Cieza (28/11/2017)

In addition to the conference, in the museum will remain exposed several unpublished pieces of the site within the project 'The piece of the month'

The Archaeological Museum of Murcia (MAM), dependent of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, hosts tomorrow, November 29 (20:00 hours), the conference 'News in the Prehistory of Cieza: the Canyon of Almadenes and the Cueva del Arco ', organized within the cycle' The piece of the month '.

The entrance to the room will be free until the capacity is reached.

The conference will be given by Joaquín Lomba Maurandi and Ignacio Martín Lerma, from the University of Murcia, and Joaquín Salmerón Juan, from the Siyasa Museum (Cieza).

Also, a set of unpublished pieces that have been selected among the most important of the campaign will be exhibited at the entrance of the museum, among which are flint tools, spearheads and ceramics.

The General Director of Cultural Assets, Juan Antonio Lorca, highlighted "the new advances made in the Almadenes Canyon and the Cueva del Arco, with which it continues to demonstrate the archaeological richness of our Region and that convert this ciezano enclave into an important area , that will still throw many surprises, that will help us to know our history better ".

The head of the Ministry also recalled that the cycle 'The piece of the month' "was created to highlight and highlight in the Archaeological Museum new research and pieces of special interest that are not regularly exposed, are being studied or that , as in this case, they were still unpublished since they were recently discovered, "and explained that" the small sample that can be seen in the showcase at the entrance of the museum is always complemented by conferences or meetings that help the public to better understand the work that is carried out in the different deposits of the Region of Murcia ".

New campaign

During the meeting tomorrow, the participants will be presented with the results of the archaeological project of the Cañón de Almadenes and the Cueva del Arco that Dr. Martin Lema has carried out this year along with Didac Roman, from the University of Barcelona.

In particular, remains have been found that show that the area was inhabited for more than 45,000 years.

The Cave of the Arc thus becomes an archaeological site of great importance in the Peninsula, since there are very few enclaves that yield data of between 30,000 (sapiens) and 45,000 years ago (Neanderthals).

In this cave of Cieza, paleolithic cave paintings dated between 14,000 and 17,000 years ago had already been discovered and, although there were indications of their occupation, it has been during these recent campaigns that it has been observed.

The works of the last months have been centered in two cavities: one inferior, in which there are remains from the Neolithic (6,000 years) to the Neanderthal period, and another superior, very close to the cave paintings, which remained sealed and that is also throwing many surprises.

The excavations began after the fire declared in 2015 around the Almadenes Canyon, when the experts went to check the condition of the paintings.

The work done since then can also be seen in a documentary, since the directors of the campaigns recorded the entire process.

Source: CARM

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