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The research team of the University of Murcia has found in the necropolis of amortization of the Roman villa of Los Villaricos, in Mula (Murcia), a sarcophagus from the Visigothic period, dated between the 6th and 7th centuries after Christ. In a statement, the municipality of Mula has indicated that the discovery occurred this Thursday, as a result of the excavation campaign that began last Monday, July 12.

The director of the excavation, Rafael Gonzalez, explained that this year’s campaign was focused on finishing excavating the last three burials in the necropolis and continuing with the prospecting work of the complex located to the north of the town, where in recent years it had been documented a new set of sinks.

“We did not expect this spectacular find, which corroborates the chronology of the necropolis that we already had dated by the carbon 14 analysis of some burials ”, González, who is also a professor of Ancient History, has deepened.

In addition to the director, the team consists of archaeologists Francisco Fernandez Matallana, Jose Javier Martinez Y Jose Antonio Zapata, a municipal archaeologist from the city of Mula, who will be working at the site until July 24.

The excavation takes place every summer with the participation of the University of Murcia, the Mula city council and the CajaMurcia Foundation, and has focused in recent years on the necropolis that originated next to the church with a basilica plan built after the abandonment. of the town in the 5th century AD

Archaeological power

The mayor of Mula, Juan Jesus Moreno, along with members of the municipal corporation, visited the site this Friday, being “surprised” by the discovery of the sarcophagus. Moreno has announced that the Local Government Board approved the contract signed with the University of Murcia for the drafting of the Master Plan for this site.

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Meanwhile, the Councilor for Culture and Historical Heritage, Diego J. Boluda, has affected that the Council of the Department of Prehistory, Archeology, Ancient History, Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences and Techniques of the University of Murcia approved the contract for the drafting of the Master Plan, the last step for the approval by the city council of the contract .

For Boluda, the discovery of this burial confirms the “archaeological power” of Villaricos and confirms the council’s commitment to the University of Murcia, while announcing that the piece will occupy a preferential place in the Ciudad de Mula Museum.

This year, as a consequence of the pandemic, the archaeological excavation has been carried out in compliance with the recommended sanitary measures, reducing the participation of archeology students and graduates of the University of Murcia to a number of 16 people.

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