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Archaeological Brickbats and Bouquets

The restoration of the Casa de la Curia at the top of Dalt Vila is almost complete

The restoration of the Casa de la Cúria at the top of Dalt Vila is almost complete and will be opened to the public in November. The building, which is situated at the side of the cathedral, is like an archaeological trip through the history of Ibiza. During the restoration both Roman, a funeral headstone, and medieval, a 12th century wall, remains were unearthed. Several bodies dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries when the Cathedral graveyard was situated nearby also saw the light of day for the first time in a long while before being re-interred in the municipal cemetery.

When open, the Casa de la Cúria, will be an exhibition space to showcase the rich and diverse history of the World Heritage Site that is Ibiza. Furthermore, at a cost of three-quarters of a million Euros, it will be one of the most expensive parts of the 'museumisation' of Dalt Vila.

On the other side of the archaeological coin, a 15-metre stretch of a recently discovered Roman aqueduct was destroyed by excavating machines working on the widening of the outer ring road. This isn't the first time that relics of the island's heritage have been destroyed on this contract and the archaeologists involved are hopping mad.

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