The article here on the La Voz de Almería site has details of some archaeological work in the province being funded.

If you are interested in that kind of thing I know that the Los Millares site that is mentioned in the article is worth a visit.

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Archaeological research for Alcazaba, Millares, Baria and Argar

The Junta de Andalucía will allocate almost 129,000 euros for research projects until the end

Almost 129,000 euros will invest the Ministry of Culture and Heritage in the development of a total of six archaeological investigations that will be carried out in the Alcazaba, the sites of Baria and Los Millares, and in the materials extracted from the site of El Argar.

The actions "will take place between now and the end of the year and will be carried out by different departments of the University of Almería and the University of Granada," explained the delegate for Culture and Heritage, Eloísa Cabrera.

The first of the actions is already underway and is being carried out at the Alcazaba in Almería. It is an archaeological analysis of emerging structures and archaeological surveys in the Caliphate cistern. The director of the monument, Gema Embi Najar, explained that two surveys have been carried out outside the cistern to determine, “the levels and historical structures that are associated with the building; determine its chronology, and finally, know what is the original configuration of the spaces that make up this building ”.

For all this, 16,500 euros are allocated and there are already preliminary results that confirm that the cistern has an important sequence of use, with attached spaces that have had uses other than supplying. In fact, according to the director of the Alcazaba, there is "a room that has a floor and a facing, with a plaster and that are dated from the 11th and 12th centuries."

South wall

The second intervention in the Alcazaba is part of the General Research Project (PGI) directed by the professor of the University of Granada, José María Martín Civantos and commissioned to MEMOLab-Biocultural Archeology Laboratory of the UGR, and will be developed next to the wall south.

Gema Embi Najar explained that in the area known as ‘brick pillars’ there was “a rectangular space with several phases of occupation and whose use is unknown”. To find out, "a 10 x 11 meter rectangle will be excavated in which some sectors will be re-excavated and others that are not touched." About 40,000 euros will be invested in it.

In the planned action in Los Millares, a site for which Cabrera announced a PGI next year, 3,630 euros will be invested in the area where the Chilean tomb is located, a space that was clandestinely excavated in the 1960s and whose materials were seized and later deposited in the Museum of Almería but without context. The excavation that is now starting will use the georadar and geomagnetism for a geophysical intervention that reveals the funerary structure as well as its chronology, giving meaning to these materials. In addition, it will try to rebuild in 3D.

The Baria deposit will be another of the key points of the interventions. There will be a first in the ‘Acropolis’, exactly in the water reservoir to assess the archaeological potential as well as the excavation of the Phoenician-Punic cistern. € 22,500 will be invested.

The second performance will take place in the salting factory. It is intended to excavate in the area attached to the fenced enclosure with a light intervention that provides chronological information and that helps to understand the Roman industrial phase of salting. 28,500 euros will be invested.

Argaric culture

The research works on the culture of El Argar are somewhat different. Here the action is promoted by the Antas City Council, although it finances the Board with 17,639 euros, and it will not be carried out exactly at the site.

What is intended to be carried out is a paleogenetic study of the El Argar graves that are deposited in the National Archaeological Museum by Dr. Mercedes Murillo-Barroso and Dr. Gonzalo Aranda, from the Department of Prehistory and Archeology of the University of Granada. .

This will involve the participation of renowned specialists from various international institutions.

There will be dating studies of the burials, analysis of sex and kinship through DNA.