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Excavation of the Roman Finca del Secretario began in 1991.
Fuengirola town hall exhibits important Roman artifacts

Fuengirola town hall exhibits important Roman artifacts

The 15 items, which include the renovated statue of La Venus de Fuengirola, are now on display at the Finca del Secretario

Tony Bryant

Friday, 29 January 2021, 15:51

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Fuengirola town hall has unveiled numerous archaeological remains found in the ancient Roman village of Finca del Secretario. The 15 items, which include the renovated statue of La Venus de Fuengirola, are now on display in the visitor's centre located next to the site. The remains of the village, which historians believe to date to the first century, are being carefully restored as part of the town hall's project to preserve the historical importance of the site. Mayor Ana Mula visited the interpretation centre earlier this week to view the new additions, which, along with La Venus, include vessels, bowls and ceramics.

The items underwent a three-dimensional reproduction and volumetric recovery process, a procedure that offers a detailed architectural analysis that facilitates the cataloguing of each object.

"Our priority has been the restoration of one of the most important historical remains of our town," the mayor said.

The cultural project, which has been made possible by a grant of more than 66,000 euros from the Junta de Andalucía, includes the extension of the visitor centre and the addition of a new, green space located next to the ruins. The remodelled gardens include water features and shaded areas with seating where the archeological site can be viewed.

Important discovery

During the construction of a bypass in 1978, workers unearthed a headless marble sculpture, which was to become known as the Fuengirola Venus. Fragments of another sculpture, along with several stone steps, were also discovered, but the true importance of the site did not become apparent until more than ten years later.

Excavation of the site, located close to the train lines in Los Boliches, began in 1991, when a villa and baths were uncovered. The luxurious bathhouse had marble wall panels and an elaborate under-floor heating system, indicating that it belonged to a family of considerable wealth. The remains of the villa revealed a small entrance hall decorated with paintings and a well-preserved polychrome mosaic floor.

It was one of the most complete sites to be found in the province of Malaga, and it soon became apparent that it was an industrial complex that made fish sauce (garum) and also the containers used to export it. The site survived in productive use until the third century.

The Villa del Secretario can be visited Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 2pm.

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