The ground beneath Avenida de Andalucía in Malaga city continues to bring surprises about the city's past. The most recent to appear as part of the Metro works are opposite the Hacienda building, beside the Guadalmedina river, where four troughs have been discovered which were once part of a leather curing factory from the 18th to 19th century, during Malaga's industrial period.
The troughs are made of stone, with the bottom and sides lined with wood. Archaeologists believe the dye for the leather was placed in the troughs, and their location was chosen to make the most of the proximity of the river and plentiful water.
The experts have decided to remove these items and keep them so they can be put in the museum which is to be built inside the metro, beside the Guadalmedina station (outside El Corte Inglés) to display all the remains which have been revealed during the construction works, some of which date back to the time of Al-Ándalus. Although this latest find is not so old, it will be preserved because of its unique character.
It is the first time constructions of this type have been found in Malaga city, although experts believe there were probably others in the same area.