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A book published by the UMU shows how the Isis and Serapis Sanctuary in Carthago Nova was (14/01/2020)

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, the book "Sanctuary of Isis and Serapis (Insula II) Molinete / Cartagena", published by Editum, Publications Service of the University of Murcia, will be presented at the new Cartagena Windlass Museum. The Cartagena City Council, Repsol Foundation and the Cartagena Puerto de Culturas Consortium participated in this edition.

It will be at 11:30 in an act in which María Belén Castejón, mayor of Cartagena will participate;

José Luján, rector of the University of Murcia;

José Antonio Lorca, regional secretary for the Culture of the Ministry of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia;

Arantza Hernanz, Deputy Director of Institutional Relations of Fundación Repsol;

Rosana López, director of Editum, and José Miguel Noguera, representing the scientific publishers of the volume.

The discovery of the sanctuary of Isis and Serapis in the Archaeological Park of the Molinete de Cartagena marks one of the most relevant landmarks in the history of the archeology of the city in the last quarter of the century.

According to José Miguel Noguera Celdrán, Andrés Cánovas Alcaraz, José Miguel Madrid Balanza and Izaskun Martínez Peris, scientific editors of the work, "the discovery, undertaken between 2009 and 2017, puts us before the material remains, now 'dead' but capable of providing a lot of information, about the isiac religion, felt by the people who lived in the city almost 2000 years ago. "

Isis and Serapis, divinities of Egyptian origin, were the great protective deities of Mediterranean maritime commerce and navigation.

His devotion was expanding and generalizing from Alexandria, to the point that, in imperial times, every March 5 celebrated the Great Feast of Navigation, which commemorated the official opening of sea navigation in the Mare Nostrum after The winter break.

According to the editors of the publication, the finding constitutes "one of the most relevant landmarks in the history of the archeology of the city in the last quarter of a century" for its important contribution to the knowledge of the history and sacred topography of Carthago Nova during the 1st to 3rd centuries, since to date only some inscriptions, coins and some brief archaeological testimony were available.

According to these specialists, the fears of the land sanctuary devoted to a divinity delimited by a wall have been recovered almost entirely, contributing to a better understanding of the urban topography of the central area of ​​the former colony.

Very few archaeologically known sanctuaries

With the discovery of the Islamic sanctuary of Carthago Nova, the list of archeologically known sanctuaries in the Iberian Peninsula is increased, so far only documented in Emporiae, Baelo Claudia, Italica and, perhaps, in Panóais.

Its good state of conservation has allowed us to undertake, following the criteria established in Insula I of the Archaeological Park of Molinete, conservation-restoration works and museum adaptation for your visit, becoming also a powerful resource with which to continue promoting the cultural and tourist vocation from Cartagena.

The editors say that "the excavation and enhancement of the sanctuary in July 2017, and after a first phase of analysis and research, have been completed, in this volume we present to the scientific community and the public in general the sanctuary, its historical characteristics and most outstanding archeological sites, as well as the conservation and rehabilitation work undertaken for their socialization. "

The results disclosed in this volume are the result of the joint work carried out in the Archaeological Park of Molinete by a large team of professionals and collaborators.

The scientific direction of the project lies with the University of Murcia.

Those responsible dedicate this work to all the inhabitants of Cartagena 'for their commitment and co-responsibility with the historical and archaeological heritage of the city'.

Source: Universidad de Murcia

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