GC23FEC El Amarejo (Traditional Cache) in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain created by Geoiberos

Paloma Bokser

Paloma Bokser

Location: The town is located in the hill of the Amarejo, south of Bonete (Albacete), to the right of the road that connects this town with Montealegre del Castillo (there is an indicator, and follow the road, suitable for any type of vehicle about 1000 m). The hill is shaped like a cone trunk and is easily identifiable, with a height of about 50 m above the surrounding terrain at the base. It is accessed without difficulty.

The visit can be done in 1-2 hours. Remains of room and votive deposit. Materials deposited in the Museum of Albacete (ceramic decorated Iberian style Meca-Amarejo, drawn glasses, stamped ceramics, jars, plates, glasses with geometric decoration, storage containers, timaterio, pigeon.)

interpreted as beer ovens, tombstones and amphoras.

On the upper terrace, a well about 4 m deep, dug into the rock and interpreted as a votive deposit from the 4th to 2nd century BC. the interior was filled with adobe, ashes, and numerous objects considered offerings.

It is speculated that it could be a favissa, with predominance of female elements (fusayolas, sewing needles, appliques gold, etc.), including leaded tapes (transcription) with Iberian characters, possible dedications to a female divinity.

Among the metallic objects, needles and gold ornaments, plate of brass (a very rare finding), fibula and a 5.5 cm silver belt clasp with an Iberian warrior and a horse behind which a palm tree is imagined, evoking iconographic images of Punic coins.

Fruits and seeds such as wheat, barley, rye, almonds, acorns, grapes and plums have also been recovered. Bone objects such as decorated needles and bone and ivory spikes, one of them unparalleled with its extraordinarily decorated upper body.

Among the animal remains have been identified bones of sheep, goat, ox, horse, dog , deer, hen; marine animals such as shark and sepia, indicative of trade relations with the coast.

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Among ceramic materials, ornithomorphous vessels, ooochoes with Jumilla-Amarejo style decoration, loom weights, fusayolas, and necklace beads. As a curiosity, the dove of Amarejo has been adopted as a logo of the University Hospital Complex of Albacete.

Finally, remains of tissues, esparto and wool. These materials can be seen in the Museum of Albacete. On the slopes of the hill, remains of the room.

The view from the top of the hill is magnificent. Some data suggest that deposits would be made preferably in the fall, and could be related to ritual offerings of the autumn equinox.

Another paleo astronomical observation related to the place has revealed that the sunrise in the equinox is produced by the conical summit of the Chinar mountain.

History of discoveries

The first excavations were made in 1898 and 1899 by Pierre Paris. At the end of the 1970s, new excavations were carried out in Santiago Broncano and Mar Alfaro.

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