ESCOLES VELLES: Exhibition of Bou Ferrer photos open until September 30. See the Bou Ferrer on dry land in Alfaz.
ALFAZ’s Escoles Velles Cultural Centre is holding an exhibition of photographs featuring the Bou Ferrer wreck. Visitors can inspect photographs of the Roman galley-now a protected underwater archaeological site off Villajoyosa–until September 30.
The photos illustrate the work carried out in recovering, conserving and publicising the site by Villajoyosa and Alfaz town halls, together with VilaMuseu and Alicante University. The exhibition underlines the good relations between both municipalities and their joint tenacity in sharing their cultural legacy, said Alfaz’s Culture councillor Manuel Casado.
The two town halls organised the last two editions of the Festum Allonis historical re-enactment event that covers the Marina Baja area which was known as Allon in Roman times.
The Bou Ferrer–the surnames of the two divers who discovered the remains in 1999– was a large cargo ship that had would have set sail from a port near Cadiz. Built in Naples and bound for either Rome or Narbonne, it sank off Villajoyosa in the First Century AD. It had taken on amphoras of the garum fish sauce prized the Romans as well as lead ingots each weighing 64 kilos stamped with the seal of the emperor, Neron.
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