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The last of the Roman towns still to be located in Malaga province is found

An orthophoto revealed the presence of structures underground.
An orthophoto revealed the presence of structures underground. / SUR
  • Metal detecting activity in the area alerted the town hall to possible buildings underground, confirmed by a 2012 orthophoto

Flavia Sábora, the last of the Roman settlements in Malaga province yet to be located, has finally been found thanks to Cañete la Real resident Antonio Aranda.

Aranda, who had been cycling for the past weeks on the plains around the village, had noticed a number of people with metal detectors operating on land with archaeological preservation orders in place. He then informed the town hall who started their own investigations. "After we were given this information, we saw that holes had been made in the plain - at the foot of Mount Sábora - and remains of marble began to appear, which seemed to show that there were buildings under the ground," explained the town's mayor, Jacobo Aranda.

From there, the town hall found an orthophoto from 2012 which seemed to show Roman-era ruins. It appears that the area, now known as El Carrascal, was the location of Flavia Sábora, an important Roman settlement that was founded in the first century AD which, while documented, didn't have a known location. Until now, archaeologists hadn't been able to pinpoint it, with some believing it to have been in the municipality of Teba.

Following this discovery, the town hall contacted the territorial delegation of Culture and Heritage of Malaga in order to set the ball rolling on having the area explored.