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The Community and the City Council of Yecla elaborate a master plan to turn Los Torrejones into a cultural and touristic reference (02/02/2018)

The Community, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, and the City of Yecla develop a master plan to value the Roman site of Los Torrejones and turn it into a heritage and tourism reference.

For this, the Governing Council approved at the end of last year a contribution for the Consistory of 40,000 euros.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Javier Celdrán, along with the mayor of Yecla, Marcos Ortuño, visited today at the Casa de la Cultura the laboratory in which the remains found are analyzed and he recalled that "Los Torrejones is one of the most important Roman villas in the peninsular southeast, which is serving to study the Romanization of the Peninsula, so it was necessary to address a master plan that defines all needs, both from the point of view of archaeological research and the conservation and implementation in heritage value and as a tourist resource ".

"We are facing a large area with references to different periods and, in addition, it is one of the most active and most work is being done, since every year campaigns are carried out that continue to shed light on what this village supposed for the Region of Murcia, "explained Celdrán, who added that" the proximity to the city of Yecla makes it have a greater tourist and educational potential, since it facilitates your visit and knowledge of an important part of our history. "

The Torrejones is a Roman site that responds to the type called rustic town, which generally had a monumental area, where the owner lived, and a service area.

The excavations carried out in the site have allowed to document a long sequence of occupation, dated between the 1st century BC and the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th century AD, dates in which the site was fortified.

In 1984, systematic excavations began, which lasted until 1989. These works allowed to uncover an important architectural group belonging to the service area of ​​the rustic town of the I-III centuries AD, as well as to verify a phase of extension of the facilities belonging to the 4th century AD

A decade later the excavations were resumed under the direction of the director of the Municipal Archaeological Museum, Liborio Ruiz, and different interventions were carried out that have allowed to specify five constructive phases, the last one corresponding to the period of Almohad domination, in the middle of the 12th century.

The materials that the deposit has contributed are abundant and of great wealth, like bas-reliefs in marble, remains of statuary, coins, ceramics, mosaics and painted polychrome stuccos related to the monumental building of the Adriaan era not yet excavated that is linked to the use of the water of a playful or ritual nature and associated with an exceptional statuary: a marble bust of the emperor Hadrian of 135 AD, from imperial workshops, and a head and feet of Aphrodite, as well as marble plates with bas-relief decoration.

These findings associate the site and the Roman villa with a family very close to the emperor and the Hispanic circle of support of the imperial family.

The various campaigns carried out in recent years, said the head of Culture, "in addition to providing all this rich material, have served to adopt successive measures of protection and conservation of the remains, an intense work that is now complemented with this master plan that will allow the recovery of a building and set of exceptional importance and that will mark the road map so that, during the next years, Los Torrejones becomes an example of the heritage recovery and quality cultural tourism in the Region ".

"The conservation and enhancement of our heritage is a priority for the regional government chaired by Fernando López Miras and, from Culture, we work to promote research and to disseminate the work being done in our fields, through the that the immense archaeological wealth of the Region is made known ".

Source: CARM

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