They find a prehistoric ax when cleaning the cisterns of the Arab castle of Bentomiz in Arenas

They find a prehistoric ax when cleaning the cisterns of the Arab castle of Bentomiz in Arenas

An important find is located in the Arab castle of Bentomiz, a fortress dating from the 11th century, located in Arenas, where cleaning and adaptation works are being carried out since the beginning of this month. These actions are prioritizing the cleaning of three tanks that were very damaged by the existing vegetation, as well as their continued use as waste dumps and stone storage areas belonging to the cultivation terraces or to the various structures of the deposit.

The workers have located a prehistoric ax, "of clear chalcolithic, prehistoric allegiance, elements of domestic furnishings from the protohistoric era, together with those already known for their occupation in the Caliphate period up to Moorish times", they explained this Friday from the Arenas Town Hall in a statement. With the exception of some shrub plants of the bramble group, of the genus of rubeáceas, predominantly they have been implanted in a parasitic way, masses and tapestries of grasses, small legumes, together with some species of parietaria.

The eradication of this plant mass is not complex, both with the help of mechanical instruments of the brushcutter type, and with the subsequent manual expelling of the root stocks, actions that on soil and structure protections are carried out with special attention and under strict supervision of the archaeological team. Not in vain, this monumental complex, located on private lands, declared a Site of Cultural Interest (BIC), presents an important state of abandonment, which for decades has left it practically in ruins.

The archaeological work is making it possible to show that the occupation of the hill where Bentomiz is today was inhabited at least since prehistoric times. The location of certain utensils such as an ax made of fine grain malaguide diabasa, hand-made ceramics with clear chalcolithic, prehistoric allegiance, elements of domestic furnishings from the protohistoric period along with those already known for their occupation in the Caliphate period up to Moorish times. «Always with the prudence that this type of findings entails, more to have been located in the colmataciones by spills in the cisterns, they allow us to extend the sequence of historical occupation of the deposit granting

The cleaning works began at the beginning of this month and continue to develop today as a preliminary step to the creation of a signage that will help to know those who visit the history of Bentomiz Castle-Fortress,

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