GRIM DISCOVERY: 120 skeletons from Islamic period found in Alicante

GRAVE DISCOVERY: Elche’s central market. Credit: Ayuntamiento de Elche.

A DIG under Elche’s (Alicante) central market has made a grim discovery – 120 skeletons that date back to the Islamic period in the city’s history.

The human remains have been dated back to between the 11th and 13th centuries, and in a poignant insight into the realities of life and death in those times 60 per cent are of children under 12 years of age.

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The discovery was made during the third phase of an archaeological investigation of the area. Elche’s Councillor for Urbanism, José Manuel Sánchez explained that a fourth phase of excavations is planned to take in the ruins of the Arab baths extending into the Central Market building.


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