JALON’S Patrimony department and Museo Etnologico are taking the first steps towards protecting the town’s history. Finds at Les Hortes archaeological site prove that this was once the location of a Roman pottery works with nearby domestic structures suggesting that there was also an adjoining villa.Owing to the importance of the site, the town hall is providing it with Asset of Local Relevance (BRL) status. It is also due to sign an agreement with Alicante University to continue excavations at the pottery works next April, the cost of which will be included in the 2020 Budget. Like the Les Hortes site, the Bassa dels Arcs will also be declared an Asset of Local Relevance. These remains , also known as the Bassa delsSapena, possibly after its constructor, was a water cistern originally built in the 18th century with early 19th century additions. It was used to collect and store surplus water from the network of irrigation channels, small dams and watermills that once existed in Jalon. “Protecting these two sites as Assets of Local Relevance is an important advance for Jalon’s Catalogue of assets and protected areas that we want to compile next year,” said the town hall’s Heritage councillor Gerard Fullana.