Topic ID #38973 - posted 11/23/2017 5:23 AM

ILICI. IBERIAN & ROMAN TOWN. Elche 2018. Spain


ArchaeoSpain Program: Ilici. Iberian & Roman town
 Dates 2018: April 29 – 19 May

The Roman colony Iulia Ilici Augusta is located in the site of La Alcudia, near the city of Elche on a small elevation over the river Vinalopo. The place was inhabited for over twenty five centuries, starting in the middle of the second millennium BC.

 The greatest importance of this city is from the Iberian and Roman times. It was the Iberian capital of the territory that the sources identify as the Contestania, its domain would have reached the centre and south of Alicante and bordering areas of Albacete and Murcia provinces.

The extension of the site is about 10 Ha. The materials provided by the Iberian levels are of great interest, especially the monumental sculptures and the so-called Elche-Archena-style pottery. From the monumental sculpture the most important pieces found from the Iberian culture are: the Seated Lady and the Lady of Elche​.

The Lady of Elche, found in La Alcudia, is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. Currently  kept in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid. On wednesday the 4th August of 1897, a fourteen-years-old boy, Manuel Campello found a stone. When he removed it, a face bust showed up. The 11th August arrived to the city the french archaeologist Pierre Paris to attend to the performances of "The Misteri of Elche",. Finally the bust was sold to France. Then, After its short time in Elche in 1965, for 14 days because of an exhibition of Iberian culture, the Lady was moved to the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid. 



Archaeological goals for 2018:
Complete the excavation of the Imperial Baths
Document the streets and access to the thermal complex
To deepen in the knowledge of the Roman colony of Ilici and its urban network
Explore the use of new technologies (virtual reality) to better outreach the new discoveries to the public.
The Hellenistic mosaic was one of the most interesting pieces in the preceding republican structures. The mosaic is made with cut ceramic tiles and pebbles that offers a white, red, black and ochre coloration, whose central motif has a large rosette surrounded by Iberian inscriptions made with Latin letters and bordered by an outline of the city walls.
All these remains have traditionally been identified with the forum. The Structures of the central space of the deposit correspond to the last phases of occupation of the site, and probably they are part of domestic installations and activities related to water management, although its concrete function still undetermined.


The Alicante city in the Mediterranean coast has an extensive list of museums able to satisfy the most demanding tastes, and an important architectural heritage.
MARQ (Archeological Museum of Alicante) is a project faced with the challenge of being the first archaeological museum of the 21st century.
Cartagena is a city with more than 2,500 years of history. Each corner of the ancient carthaginian capital in Iberia, street and square of the city offers travellers monumental examples of its splendorous historical past.


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