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Ibiza's Archaeological Heritage

With so many civilisations of the past inhabiting Ibiza at one time or another

With so many civilisations of the past inhabiting Ibiza at one time or another its archaeological heritage is extremely rich. Only last week, yet more remains of the past were uncovered during works to enlarge Ibiza's Museum of Contemporary Art in Dalt Vila. Details of the find will not be released until technicians from the Municipal Heritage Department have finished minutely examining the site.


Whilst the ability to find relics from Roman, Carthaginian, Phoenician and Arabic settlements as soon as you put a shovel into Ibiza's earth is great for the archaeologists, it doesn't half play havoc with construction budgets and schedules. Any find should be reported to the local authorities for assessment before continuing with the project.


Two bosses from the enlargement of Ibiza's outer ring road have found themselves in hot water this week after a report by the Archaeological section of the Spanish Ministry of Culture's Institute of Historical Heritage accused them of destroying many buried relics, among them a 200 metre stretch of a 2000 year old Roman aqueduct.


The affair may yet grow as there are allegations by environmental NGO 'GEN' that the Consell's Heritage Department headed by Joan Marí Tur did not conduct itself properly in the matter.


Sounds like a storm in an urn is brewing.

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