18 September 2018 - 00: 28
In recent days there has been good news in the archaeological excavations that are taking place in the Cova de les Bruixes. The archeologists, Miquel Sánchez and Anna Viciach, have discovered in these last weeks three lamps of pitera dated, one of them, in the eleventh century and the other two, which are glazed, in the XIII.
These oil lamps are for domestic use and were manufactured in the splendid city of Daniya (now Dénia). In the Cova de les Bruixes there was then an Islamic farmhouse linked to cereal crops. Archaeological excavations have already found a dozen silos excavated on land that were used to store cereals and then amortized with the waste generated by the farm.
Its inhabitants were enlightened by the blue flame of the pitera lamps, a technological novelty, precedent
of the lanterns, which brought light to the Andalusian houses. These oil candlesticks have appeared when digging the last silo discovered. Researchers have also found pottery for domestic use and a large number of snails, both terrestrial and marine.
"This new finding can tell us many things about the daily lives of our ancestors. For example, now it is confirmed that these molluscs had great importance in the diet of the people next to the cereals " pointed out the Councilor for Culture, Manolo Segarra, after visiting the find with the mayor of Benitatxell.