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A pioneering conservation project will value the site of Medina Siyâsa (25/02/2014)

The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Pedro Alberto Cruz, visited the work being carried out to protect the site of Medina Siyâsa.

It is "a structure that combines conservation and museological exposure of the remains," said Cruz.

The work done in the field consist of an Islamic conception of each home as an architectural unity, not only as remains open.

It is therefore a pioneering technique which "prevents the site deteriorates, and its visual character, will feature an exhibition that will allow visitors to know what the original house," specified Cruz.

After various studies have chosen this experimental technique that has started in the house number six and will be extrapolated to the whole of the 17 houses that have been excavated so far.

This technique is to build a structure that involves the reconstruction of the original house.

The work was carried out with reversible materials and non-aggressive since. Metallic structure does not rest on the archaeological remains.

The Minister of Culture and Tourism said that these works, which are performed in a "commendably" will assist the site of Siyâsa "is positioned as a reference not only equity but also in recovery and preservation."

Site of Medina Siyâsa

The depopulated Siyâsa, located in the Cerro del Castillo de Cieza, is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Iberian Peninsula and indispensable source of research and knowledge of the western Islamic world during the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

This is a common model Andalusian rural settlement in height, protected by a defensive system comprising paintings of walls and two fortified enclosures located in the highest part of the hillock.

The area for housing and daily life straddles the northern slopes, south and east of Cerro delCASTILLO while at the summit of the promontory fort is situated at about 400 meters high, overlooking the valley of the River Segura.

It consists of a first walled, spacious grounds, which would host the entire population in the event of danger and smaller and elevated, fortified redoubt serve as a last defensive bastion.

From here break his line of walls encompassing the town stable.

Source: CARM

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