The Asociation We want Palmerar de Elche has appeared in the public consultation process opened by the Elche City Council to include the Arab baths of Vila Murada d´Elx and shelters 3B and 3C in the Catalog of Protected Buildings. The Margalló collective has also appeared in this procedure. As explained from Volem Palmerar, the file “is missing the report or, failing that, the preliminary memory of the archaeological excavation in the New Central Market of Elche. Phase III. Exteriors and annexed area, carried out between November 2017 and April 2019, signed by the archaeologists “. Said preliminary report can be consulted since September 2019 in the Territorial Services of the Ministry of Culture from Alicante.
The document gives an account of the discovery in the excavated areas of the remains of a second private bath (hot room and oven) associated with a noble residence and a long mud wall belonging to a unique Islamic building with a porch at the entrance very close to the public toilets that will now be protected by the declaration of Asset of Local Relevance (BRL). He explains in his writing that “The remains found do not allow venturing the use of the aforementioned building, which is why archaeologists emphasize in the conclusions of the memory that” it would be of vital importance “the excavation of the contiguous area. In Islamic times, generally the Arab baths were associated with a mosque “.
Likewise, say Volem Palmerar, los archaeologists point out in their conclusions the convenience of excavating a surface that remains intact in the northwest sector of the interior of the market to determine the connection between some “powerful tapial walls”Associated with two underground rooms. It should also be remembered that in the eastern sector of the building there is also a surface delimited in the PRI of the New Central Market and coinciding with the provisional protection perimeter that is delimited in the BRL file.
For the group, “the protection of the building of the public Arab baths should lead to the City Council of Elche to carry out a patrimonial assessment of the second Arab baths for private use cited in the preliminary report signed by the directors of the excavation of Phase III “. The delimitation of the protection perimeter of the public toilet building is provisional since it has not been completely excavated. A part of the warm and hot rooms has yet to be exhumed and the existence of the woodshed is known from an archaeological tasting carried out at the time. “They also recall that the City Council of Elche announced last September the call for a ideas competition to collect future proposals for public space among professionals made up of the flower and fruit squares, where both the Arab baths and the war shelters that will be protected after their necessary declaration as BRL. In our opinion, any action proposal in the area should be based on prior knowledge of the existing archaeological remains so that its execution is not conditioned in the future. ”
What is requested
Given these circumstances, this group from Elche asks, “the complete excavation of the building of the Arab baths and the subsequent delimitation of the definitive protection perimeter before the call for the ideas competition so that the participants take into account all this area in their proposals. The incorporation to the file of the preliminary memory of the “Archaeological excavation in the New Central Market of Elche. Phase III. Exteriors and annexed areas. The excavation of the areas that remain pending – as proposed by the directors of the excavation of the Phase III in its preliminary report – prior to the approval of any intervention project in the area The patrimonial protection of the Arab baths for private use located during the Phase III of the excavations“.
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