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The Town Council of Pliego and El Pozo sign an agreement to protect and promote the La Almoloya site (11/07/2018)

The mayor of Pliego stressed that this agreement "allows you to request aid and carry out protective actions to make La Almoloya a national benchmark"

The Municipality of Pliego has signed an agreement with CEFUSA-ElPozo in which this company cedes the use and access to the La Almoloya deposit, located on its land.

The agreement, signed by the mayor of Pliego, Pedro Noguera and the CEO of the Fuertes Group, José Fuertes, will last for 20 years and will allow the town council to start actions to enhance the site, one of the most important the recent European prehistory.

La Almoloya, which was occupied by the Argaric society (2200-1550 BCE), is notable for the discovery of the oldest political meeting space in Western Europe and a princely tomb of exceptional archaeological value, with exquisite trousseau trousseau and silver and gold jewelry that is only parallel in the first excavations made in the town of El Argar in the nineteenth century.

In addition, the Almoloyan tombs are making fundamental contributions to the genetic research of the populations of prehistoric Europe.

As explained by the mayor of Pliego, Pedro Noguera, the transfer of CEFUSA to the City Council will allow to request aid and carry out actions of protection and promotion of the site, opening the way to a series of initiatives.

"One of them is the project for the creation of an itinerary of access to the site from the Pliego itself, facilitating the passage of people and vehicles to the vicinity of the hill where the emblematic remains are, in this way, promoting the musealization In situ of the deposit and the adaptation of La Almoloya for tourism, for the works of access, it will also have the collaboration of the Autonomous Community and CEFUSA itself, owner of the land.

In this sense, the CEO of Grupo Fuertes, José Fuertes, expressed his satisfaction at the signing of the agreement with the mayor of Pliego, Pedro Noguera, and wished that both the City Council and the Autonomous Community can "show thousands of people this extraordinary archaeological site that represents the first European civilization ".

José Fuertes, also hopes that "this unique scenario of our history will serve, in addition to knowing our roots, to place Pliego and the Region of Murcia among the most attractive destinations for both national and international tourism, and thus become an important pole that serves for the economic revitalization of the zone ".

Precisely, in that line comes the City Council of Pliego with ASBA (Association of Friends of the Archaeological Site of La Bastida), for two years, in terms of dissemination and teaching.

ASBA is a non-profit association that, in turn, has specialist archaeologists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona who are investigating several sites of the Argaric culture in the surroundings of the Sierra Espuña.

This collaboration agreement, supported by the required agreements, will allow a model of guided visits to La Almoloya by the same archaeologists who excavated the site.

This ensures that attendees receive first-hand information and the latest research results.

On the other hand, the same team of researchers will edit in English the archaeological guide of La Almoloya, whose first edition, in Spanish, was published with the support of Integral (Society for Rural Development) in 2015 and is already practically exhausted.

Among the achievements of ASBA, the gestation of the "Sierra Espuña Argaric Route" (ruta-argarica.es), a rural development project financed with European funds, also stands out.

It is a tourist-cultural route that aims to link archaeological research with tourism and local and regional trade, valuing Argaric sites of different municipalities surrounding Sierra Espuña, such as Pliego, Totana and Mula.

Finally, the mayor of Pliego has shown his satisfaction and gratitude to those who have worked to take this important step and intends to "draw a new horizon for tourism in Pliego with La Almoloya as epicenter of its rich heritage and that everything we are going to to work to conserve our history economically affects to generate a stable and constant tourism that goes to our offer of nature, heritage and gastronomy ".

Source: Ayuntamiento de Pliego

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