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During the urbanization works in 2010 of the Los Ahijones neighborhood, in Vicálvaro, a Visigoth necropolis with 824 tombs and skeletal remains of 1,500 individuals was unearthed belonging to the time between the 5th and 7th centuries. But now, in 2013, this part of the story will be destroyed Because the regional government has so decided, arguing that it lacks sufficient relevance to keep it.
In 2010 a archaeological intervention and we proceeded to excavate in this place allowing the remains to be extracted and documented. The metallic and ceramic remains found were transferred to the regional Archaeological Museum, however, the human bones are awaiting a decision that will have two exits, burying them in another place or destroying them. The necropolis will therefore be destroyed to build new streets and parks in a neighborhood where, after moving only 5% of its land, this site has been brought to light.
Ignacio Muñoz, regional director of the Historical Heritage, has justified this fact by explaining that It is not an exceptional site since there are another 60 throughout the region from the same period and preserved in better condition which were adapted as a museum, but in the case of Vicálvaro the tombs are more precarious.
It may be one of the largest necropolis in the entire region in which their graves were located 30 centimeters deep and measured between 160 and 170 centimeters long.
The Visigoths they buried their deceased in remote places from the town, so it is suspected that perhaps a few kilometers away an intensely inhabited enclave would have been located since the necropolis is large.
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