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Human remains thought to date from Islamic era unearthed during works

An archaeologist excavates the remains.
An archaeologist excavates the remains. / SUR
  • Archaeologists in Almuñécar believe the bones are part of a Muslim burial ritual as the faces are positioned to look towards Mecca

Human remains thought to be at least 500 years old have been found in Almuñécar's old town, during work to improve the electricity supply in the area.

According to Almuñécar town hall's archaeologist, Elena Navas, the remains are possibly those of Muslims dating back to the 11th- century Ziri dynasty and certainly predate the Encarnación church, which is where the bones were discovered. " The human remains present the characteristics of a Muslim burial ritual, as the bodies are on their right side with the head positioned so that their faces are looking in the direction of Mecca," she explained. She added that further studies will need to be carried out to confirm the origins of the discovery.

Navas went on to say that by law, archaeologists are required to be on site when any work is being carried out in or near historical sites. Parts of an old wall as well as tombs were also uncovered during the work, which is taking place near the Puerta de Granada.