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IBERIANS VILLAGE OF MOLETA - Historic-Artistic Monument since 1979

 

In Moleta of the Remedy, as popularly known the hill that is 550 meters from the Hermitage, is the site of an Iberian village from seventh to second century BC. From its summit provides a panorama of extraordinary beauty: to the west you can see Peniscola, Benicarló and Vinaros with lush greenery of its gardens. Towards the east, Les Cases of Alcanar, houses and huts scattered through the meadows, the Ebro Delta, the salt fields in the "Punta de la Banya" which separates the open Mediterranean sea from the waters that are calmly in Alfacs bay.

Aerial view of the Iberian settlement of Moleta on the fertile meadows of Alcanar. In the bottom, the "Punta de la Banya".

The majestic Montsiá, cutting the sky with ripples whimsical descend smoothly from Molacima, with 762 meters, to die at sea, putting limits on the plain which extended from Les Cases d'Alcanar to Peniscola, where the last spurs of the Irta mountains also end up in the sea.

Thanks to the excavations carried out since 1985 in the summer campaigns of the Department of Prehistory, University of Barcelona, according to the Office of Archaeology of the Government of Catalonia and grants from the Provincial government in Tarragona, could meet the interest and importance of the site. Archaeologists who run the excavations, Ramon Pallares, Francesc Gracia and Gloria Munilla have published an interesting work, the result of the campaign 85/86.

Recreation of Iberian village Moleta of the Remedy from the excavations.

For its geographical location, with the same characteristics that Puig in Vinaròs and Puig de la Nao in Benicarló, and for its proximity to the sea was a link between external trade with the Greeks and Phoenicians and the inside lands. The three special buildings that have been found, designed to store grain, speak us of the importance of the settlement, both the number of inhabitants, as the trade it had with other settlements.

One building recovered during excavations, surrounded by walls restored.

Also noteworthy is the defensive system, with double wall and tower. Found the remains of animals hunted for their own consumption (deer, boar, goat Hispanic) we consider a landscape around the village where there was plenty of forest understory, lagoons and marshy areas, classical habitats of these species. .

Some of the archaeological excavation obtained.

Bibliography: "La Moleta del Remei, Alcanar - Montsià. Campañas 1985-1986" Publications of Diputació de Tarragona. 1988. ISBN: 84-87123-01-5.

 

RELATED LINKS

 The Trail of the Iberian
Iberian Market of Alcanar Iberian in Ebre zone (C.E. Ribera d'Ebre) Terres de l'Ebre Museum (Amposta) Barcelona University - Prehistory Departament
Archaeological Museum of Catalonia

 

VISITS TO THE IBERIAN SETTLEMENT

From the front of the chapel square a path leading to the entrance of the venue. After a short climb to the hill you will find the information office of the City of Alcanar with sheets an a explanatory guide for the visit.

VISITING HOURS

Throughout the carved area you can find information panels with the history of the Iberians, graphic reproductions of homes and buildings, as well as their customs and way of life.


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