Early Calpe residents

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POBLA D’IFAC: Excavating traces of the settlement’s earliest settlersPhoto credit: Calpe town hall

AS they have for the last 16 summers, archaeologists have explored the Pobla d’Ifac site.

A team of six volunteer students worked throughout August, taking part in the ongoing programme to consolidate and protect the site.

This year’s excavations concentrated on the mediaeval settlement’s burial place, locating 11 new tombs, bringing the total to 67.

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The new finds included the remains of children, no older than seven, as well as adults. All had been carefully laid to rest in linen winding-sheets with crossed arms, and one still wore a bronze ring decorated with a crenelated tower.

All would have been Ifac settlers, the earliest of whom arrived there at the end of the 13th century, on the orders of Jaime II.

Many came from Aragon, repopulating the area that had been reclaimed from the Moors and laying the foundations for eventually became the Valencian Community.


Calpe mayor Ana Sala visited the site recently, accompanied by local councillors to see first-hand the advances that have been made during this latest campaign.

“Each year the Pobla d’Ifac excavations give us more valuable information about our forebears and origins,” Sala said.  “It is a treasure that belongs to our municipal heritage that we must protect and make known.”


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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