EXHIBITION IN ALICANTE HIGHLIGHTS DISCOVERIES ON MONTGÓ
14th March 2013
Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) has
announced details of an exhibition which highlights
the important archaeological discoveries uncovered during
excavations in the Cova del Barranc del Migdia
between 2009 and 2012. The cave, which sits some 375
metres above sea level in the steep southern cliffs
of the Montgó Massif and was only 're-discovered'
in 1989, has revealed evidence of funerary ceremonies
dating back to the third millennium B.C.E. as well as
some of the finest rock art to be found. And this week
a new exhibition entitled 'Art i Mort al Montgó,
La Cova del Barranc del Migdia de Xàbia'
was launched by Luisa Pastor, president of the Diputación
de Alicante along with mayor José Chulvi,
an event that was also attended by Provincial Culture
Secretary Juan Bautista Roselló, MARQ
technical director Manuel Olcina as well as curators
Jorge A. Soler, Joaquim Bolufer and Marco Aurelio Esquembre.
The exhibition will be open until next April.
display is the result of a collaboration between MARQ
and Jávea's own Museu Arqueològic i
Etnogràfic Municipal "Soler Blasco"
- the municipal museum located in the centre of the
old town - and consists of various panels that explain
the features of the cave, the remains that have been
found, its historical context in helping to discover
more about human settlement in the region as well as
the whole process of excavation and subsequent cataloguing
and analysis of the discoveries. The exhibition also
includes some of the finds themselves as well as a virtual
reality experience which will allow visitors to experience the
cave which would otherwise be almost impossible
due to its difficult position high up in the steep cliffs.
Pastor said that MARQ has taken a step forward
in its commitment to preserve, promote and add value
to the historical heritage that can be found in Alicante
province. José Chulvi added that the cave and
its discoveries are vitally important for Jávea
and the Marina Alta region as a whole and the excavations
over the past few years can be considered as one of
the greatest archaeological initiatives which have discovered
human remains and materials used by the first human
settlers in the environment of Montgó. He said
that it had always been the objective to showcase the
cave to the people of Jávea (which was achieved
back in the late summer of 2012; click here
for read more about it) but it was also hoped to expand
knowledge of the discoveries to a wide audience, hence
the new exhibition in Alicante.
cave was 're-discovered' by members of a caving club
from Gata de Gorgos who stumbled across an opening
high up in the cliffs during training in early 1989.
When they entered the cave, they found primitive painting
on the rock surface and knew that they had come across
an important new archaeological site. Subsequent excavations
work recovered a number of artefacts which dated the
use of the cave back some 5,000 years to the latter
stages of the Neolithic period. Between 2009 and 2012,
there have been four extensive digs, all sponsored by
the Fundación CIRNE de Xàbia which
have uncovered further information about the cave's