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(March 19-23, 2008)

Caroling Geary

Beginning Buds

Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano, PhD

La Alcudia: The Beginnings

Elche (Alicante), Spain

22/03/08 12:38 (GMT +1:00)

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© 2008 Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano, All Rights Reserved.

This pano was shot at the remains of an Iberian construction (I-II century BC) at the archaeological site of la Alcudia. La Alcudia is known to be the beginning of the City of Elche.

La Alcudia, recognised as one of the most important Iberian sites of the Spanish peninsula, is located 2 km south of the current city centre, at the rural district of Alzabares and covers an area of 10 hectares.

Human presence at this archaeological site has been documented since the Neolithic (IV millennium BC) until the early Muslim period (VIII century AC) and its most important periods correspond to the Iberian, Roman and Visigoth eras (V century BC to V century AC).

Archaeological excavations at the site have been performed since the XVIII century. The most important discovering so far has been "The Lady of Elche" (see WWP1206). This is considered to be a masterpiece of Iberian art and was found in 1897.

The site was acquired by the Ramos Family in 1916, who from 1935 have been performing periodic excavations that have helped to reveal most of the current visible elements. In 1996, the Ramos Family, the local authorities and the University of Alicante joined together to create the Alcudia Trust which currently manages the ongoing research at the site.

Apart from the Iberian Houses, most of the visible elements at the site correspond to the Roman period. Some of these are the Roman Houses, The Forum, a sewage system and rain tank, thermaes and a Christian Church. The site also hosts a museum, which exhibits a collection of the many pieces found so far.

Picture location by Sonia Zamora-Amorós. Picture production by Antonio V. Garcia-Serrano.
Canon 5D - Canon 15 mm fisheye - f.11 at 1/320, iso 100, raw

manfrotto tripod + 360Precision Adjuste pano head


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