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The students of the underwater archeology course find some 500 pieces from the Phoenician period next to the island (21/09/2018)

The findings confirm Mazarrón as one of the most interesting points of the Western Mediterranean for the study of the Phoenician civilization |

Students from universities in Italy, England, France, Poland or Algeria join these days to Spanish students from universities of Castilla León, Castilla La Mancha, Catalonia, Andalusia or Valencia to integrate the research and teaching team that makes up the Underwater Archeology Course of the University of Murcia, which for the fourth consecutive year has been conducting surveys in the area around the Island of Adentro de Mazarrón.

The mayor of Mazarrón, Alicia Jiménez, has verified the good progress of the surveys carried out in a course that began last 9th and will end this Sunday.

To date, the team has found about 500 fragments of amphoras, plates and bowls from the late seventh century and the beginning of the Vi before Christ, and even the remains of an ostrich egg.

Alicia Jiménez has highlighted "the double function that this course fulfills through teaching and the research provided by the prospections through which we can appreciate the richness that Mazarrón shows and its projection as a point of reference in Phoenician archeology."

Throughout these days, students meet several objectives: training in technical diving applied to archeology, training in underwater archeology where techniques of prospecting, sounding, underwater drawing and photogrammetry are taught and finally, the study and prospecting of Intro of the Island of Adentro to understand the importance of this point in the Phoenician period.

The project is carried out this year thanks to the collaboration of the Buceo del Sureste Bachisub Club and is developed by the Department of Culture of the City of Mazarrón, the Cajamurcia Foundation, the Middle East Studies Center and the Late Antiquity of the University of Murcia (CEPOAT), the Federation of Underwater Activities of the Region of Murcia, ArqueoMar, Nido Robotics, Casco Antiguo, the Polytechnic University of Cartagena and the Club de Regatas de Mazarron.

The students have been coordinated by archaeologists Juan Pinedo, José Lajara, María Martínez, Helena Jiménez and José Javier Martínez, as well as technical diving instructors Jesús Cremades and José Manuel Babarro.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón

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