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The first archaeological excavations begin at the site of l'Illa del Portitxol in Xàbia

03 October 2022 - 14: 22

This same month of October the first campaign of archaeological excavations will begin on the island of Portitxol. The works, which will be undertaken by the Xàbia Museum and the University Institute for Research in Archeology and Historical Heritage of the University of Alicante, are part of the General Research Plan. This was approved by the Ministry of Culture and will last four years.

The project is possible thanks to the economic support of the Javea Town Hall, as well as the collaboration of the CIRNE Foundation and the Pons family, owner of the island.

The island of Portitxol is a rich archaeological site, with documented occupations from the end of prehistory to the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. Even so, it was in the late-antique period, between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, when the island was inhabited most intensely. This coincided with moments of great commercial activity witnessed by the numerous anchors found on the seabed of Portitxol, as well as by the exceptional discovery of the treasure of gold coins made last summer.

All this wealth meant that, already in 1980, the protection process of the island began, which was declared BIC (Asset of Cultural Interest) in 2018, despite the fact that due to administrative problems the file was reopened in 2022.

What will the archaeological works consist of?

The work of this first campaign will be carried out between the months of October and November and will consist of the intensive archaeological tasting of the entire surface of the island and the carrying out of four archaeological surveys located in the places where there seem to be ancient structures, located in the area highest and flattest on the island.

At the same time, some underwater immersion will be carried out to clarify and recover some archaeological materials located in the previous underwater campaigns carried out in Portitxol.

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