Logroño, (EFE).- The Monte Cantabria site in Logroño, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2012, boasts a rehabilitated walled enclosure and protected with a high-density geotextile blanket and an anti-root felt after the completion of the second phase of the consolidation work on this site.
This was stated on Tuesday by the Councilor for Heritage of Logroño, Adrián Calonge, in an informative meeting during his visit to this refurbished space, in which the Councilor for Sports, Rubén Antoñanzas, also participated; and the archaeologist Carlos López.
Calonge explained that, “inside the walled enclosure, the action has focused on the spaces already excavated, and, in terms of protection treatments, the archaeological remains, the silos and the paving have been protected with a geotextile blanket high density”.
He explained that “an anti-root felt has also been installed to prevent the germination of naturally flowering seeds”, while in the canvases and cubes of the wall a general cleaning and a complete clearing have been carried out to, in the end, reconstruct the crumbling canvases from the original material.
“Thanks to the experience accumulated in the two interventions, an improvement is sought in the integration of archaeological remains in their environment, as well as their dissemination and maintenance,” he has had an impact.
He recalled that these works, which began on June 3, 2022, “add to those carried out in the northern area of the site, in the area of the access door, known as phase one, which gave birth to different historical vestiges from pre-Roman times”.
This space in the western area of the site, he continued, “has been the object of archaeological excavations throughout the 20th century, the results of which have been exposed to the elements, on many occasions, exposing 3 sections of walls, 2 cubes or towers and 8 rooms”.
After this intervention, which ended at the beginning of October 2022 and continued with the informative work and the preparation of the results report, “the conservation conditions of the enclosure have been improved and the correct interpretation of the existing remains has been facilitated”. has indicated.
Thus, this councilor continued, “the different phases of the enclosure are highlighted, especially the pre-Roman and the Visigothic, which makes this space a window into the origins of the city.”
Calonge has detailed that “in this second phase, after the previous cleaning and clearing of the environment, an archaeological study was carried out to determine the construction process of the walls of the complex.”
This study, he pointed out, “determined the layout of three different settlements: one pre-Roman, which was destroyed in the 3rd century BC; the Visigoth, who recovered part of the previous structures and reinforced them with materials recovered from the environment; and the medieval, which is the one that is observed today”.
Regarding the next steps to be taken at this site, Calonge specified that “the idea is to be able to carry out an intervention similar to this, but in the eastern area, and work is being done on being able to pass a georadar through the central part to find out structures that may be inside, and, from there, see what can be done”.
For his part, López explained that “in this year’s campaign things have been done that, in reality, had already been worked on much earlier, since they are excavations that had not been restored at the time.”
“Now, we have to do this restoration, recovery work and, later, things can be done inside, but the fundamental thing is to maintain the site for the future,” he stressed. EFE