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UMU and Murcia City Council present the new research and dissemination actions of the San Esteban field (15/04/2019)

The University of Murcia and the City of Murcia have presented at a press conference on Monday, the next actions of dissemination and research of the archaeological site of San Esteban.

The mayor of Murcia, José Ballesta, explained that, since a year ago, phase 0 of archaeological recovery of the archaeological site of San Esteban is being developed, fruit of an agreement with the University of Murcia, which was signed in July 2018 Under that agreement, "since November 20 of that year, a multidisciplinary team of archaeologists, anthropologists, restorers and conservators is working on this site."

"The field work will end on April 20, although the laboratory work will be extended for two more months, until June 20," he said.

On the other hand, Jorge Eiroa, professor of the UMU in charge to direct the works of investigation in the deposit of San Esteban, has indicated that during the next two months the equipment will move to the laboratory of archeology of the UMU to process all the extracted materials .

"The laboratory work is going to be structured in different actions in parallel: the anthropologists are going to begin the study of the exhumed skeletal remains, the archaeologists will be working on the ceramic and vitreous materials, at the same time that the restoration team will be responsible of the conservation of the first extracted materials ".

Ballesta added that an addendum to this agreement will be signed so that field and laboratory work will continue from September 2019 to March 2020. The mayor thanked the UMU's enthusiastic collaboration in this project , not only through its research team, but also institutionally through the figure of the rector.

"This is a tangible example of the unpayable public service provided by the UMU to the city where it has its headquarters," he concluded.

The rector of the UMU, JoséLuján has acknowledged "the vision and will of the City Council to restore this piece of our history that had to be put in value".

He has also had words of thanks for Professor Eiroa, who highlighted his leadership, his willingness to serve and the university spirit with which he has faced this challenge, as well as that of his entire team.

More visits and more flexible hours

Since last December until today there have been 1,930 guided visits to the site of San Esteban.

As pointed out in the press conference, these visits will continue from May with more flexible hours, since some will also be incorporated during the afternoon.

Source: Universidad de Murcia

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