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Alcantarilla enjoys the exhibition "Más que cuevas", Cave Art and Archeology in the Almadenes Canyon (Cieza, Murcia) (09/06/2019)

From last June 3 and until July 12, Alcantarilla enjoys a great exhibition "More than caves", Rock Art and Archeology in the Canyon of Almadenes (Cieza, Murcia), in the schedules of the Historical Archive, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The exhibition is curated by Joaquín Salmerón, Joaquín Lomba and Ignacio Martín Lerma, who with this interesting exhibition, these archaeologists tell us, first hand, the findings and results of the field works that are being carried out in the Cueva del Arco , La Serreta, and also del Pozo (Calasparra), identifying remains from the Neolithic, Paleolithic, and the presence of Neanderthals mark this twenty caves as an unusual concentration of rock art in our region.

On August 8, 2015, the lightning of a summer storm set fire to an important sector of Los Almadenes, a landscape environment of great beauty that brings together a rich wildlife and an important example of riparian forest.

The place is also known for hosting an unusual concentration of postpaleolithic rock art, with almost twenty caves with Levantine and schematic art, but also with the only three examples of regional paleolithic art, in just 400 hectares.

As the curators of the inauguration indicated at the opening, "The exhibition summarizes the results of the three years of field work that followed the devastating fire, in that time we have descended to these and other cavities to discover new paintings, the information about paleolithic art through the application of cutting-edge technologies, and we have begun the excavation of one of the cavities with this type of representation, the Cueva del Arco ".

Here, under an interesting sequence of occupations from more than 30,000 years ago to the early Neolithic, levels of Neanderthal presence have been identified in the form of materials and remains of homes, all these findings serving to mark a new and important point on the map of Paleolithic knowledge, in which the region has had, has and will have so much to say.

The project, funded by the CARM, the City of Cieza and the University of Murcia, with the collaboration of private initiative, has joined efforts of these three administrations to learn more about its archeology and rock art, World Heritage, as a bet to recover it as a social good.

The intense help of the group of speleology GECA de Cieza has been the other essential pillar to reach a good port.

The enhancement and diffusion of the place contribute to their better knowledge and understanding, which is the opportunity for us to do ours and defend it for what it is: something unrepeatable and part of our identity.

Throughout the exhibition we can see images of Palaeolithic art never seen with that resolution, discover intricate places and the paintings that await us there.

It is accompanied by materials from the excavations in Cueva del Arco and La Serreta, and also from El Pozo (Calasparra), and from two unique images: a model of the site and a life-size photograph of the more than 6 meters of rock art from the main panel of La Serreta.

The exhibition is dedicated to the population of Cieza, who suffered so much when he saw how his own place became ashes and now he recovers;

to those who extinguished the fire;

and the History students of the University of Murcia who have been in every minute of this project.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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