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Discovery of human remains halts work on new Vélez social security building

View of Vélez-Málaga's historic centre.
View of Vélez-Málaga's historic centre. / JENNIE RHODES
  • Vélez-Málaga town hall's architect, Emilio Martín, has confirmed that investigations are under way to determine how old the bones are

Human remains have been discovered during work to build a new social security office in Vélez-Málaga.

The company responsible for overseeing the archaeological aspect of the new social security treasury office on calle Lope de Vega in the town's historic centre announced on Wednesday that they had discovered a burial area with human bones.

Vélez-Málaga town hall's archaeologist, Emilio Martín, told the EFE news agency that the bones belong to “a number of people”. However, he said he was unsure of exactly how many bodies would have been buried at the site.

An archaeological investigation will take place at the site over the coming weeks to determine the age of the bones and whether they hail from modern times, the middle ages or are even prehistoric.

A number of objects were also found buried with the bodies, which Martín explained would help to determine how old the bones are.

Culture councillor, Cynthia García, said that works have stopped while the investigations take place.