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New meeting of the commission of the Phoenician ship to define the timetable and process for removal technician (26/01/2016)

The Monitoring Committee and Performances "boats Mazarrón" Working and Advisory Board meets at municipal offices, on 5 February with the expected attendance of the Director General of Cultural Heritage, Maria Comas.

At this meeting, who will chair the Mayor of Mazarrón, Alicia Jimenez, prior technical document that will be defined processes, methodology and timing of the work to follow, as well as the necessary means will be explained.

During last November the Advisory Commission of Barco Mazarrón 2 composed of representatives of the Coastal, the Autonomous Community and the City of Mazarrón, agreed to the removal of the Phoenician wreck for treatment, conservation and enhancement.

Then it was determined that the project will be implemented after the completion of the relevant studies and reports, in 2017.

The Commission, created at the request of the City and the experts have also participated in underwater archeology and heritage, issued its conclusions, that advise the location and exposure of the boat, declared of Cultural Interest (BIC) in Mazarrón in the future museum to be located in the area closest possible to the place of discovery.

The Commission held that the whole process will be a research project that will improve the scientific and technical shipbuilding antiquity in the Western Mediterranean area knowledge, and warned that, prior to the extraction step, it is essential to conduct a comprehensive study which comprise a geophysical survey and related surveys dives.

This document, once valued and validated by the Commission, will determine the scientific and technical execution of previous prospecting conditions.

It will also be the basis for the drafting of the Center for Studies and Experimentation of Public Works (CEDEX), as well as those developed by the City Council and the Community, which in turn included in the final draft that will run the Coastal State and which includes the regeneration of the Playa de la Isla and the elimination of discharges that pollute.

The public exhibition of the hull, once the process of conservation and restoration should be one that reflects as closely as possible the image offered at the time of discovery, and will be presented together with their archaeological context.

Thus, the results of work done and materials remains discovered will be available to society.

The site

Boats Island Beach is one of the jewels of the Archaeological Heritage of the Region of Murcia and both underwater wrecks as site are considered of cultural interest (BIC), thereby protecting the entire area.

This site is characterized so far by the presence of two ships dating from the sixth century BC, the first a flight of 4 meters keel a lumber and wooden pieces with cylindrical shape seem to correspond to frames preserves ship, and is in the National Museum of Maritime Archaeology (ARQUA).

Boat 2 almost completely preserved in situ today, protected by a metal frame and covered with sand in order to ensure their preservation.

It has a length of 8.15 meters and 2.25 meters wide, was built with cypress wood, Aleppo pine, olive and fig tree and was located in 1995 with all its cargo, crew objects and anchor, the oldest of its kind cane stocks and nail.

The proposed extraction and its value is included in the Restoration Project Beach Island, launched from the Department of Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment) to the possibility that the tilting of the Playa de la Isla caused by pouring a casting can destroy the boat.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón

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