This fascinating museum is located in the former chapel of the Convent of the Sisters of Christ the King. Here we can step back in time more that 4000 years and experience an archaeological tour from the Copper Age and Bronze Age to our recent past.
We will see incredible historic artifacts including the partially mummified remains of the burial site of 121 Castellón Alto “The Mummy Galera” these are the oldest human remains of prehistoric man after “Ötzi, the the frozen mummy 5000 years old that was discovered in the Alps in 1991.
We will read the Archaeological research from the Bronze Age through to the Iberian Culture. We will see a replica of the “Goddess of Galera” alabaster sculpture depicting a goddess of fertility. The Roman age and medieval times are depicted and an amazing collection of coins, ceramics and every day items of these times displayed.
You can see how the wine was produced also the Alpha grass and hemp, which was used to create useful objects including shoes baskets and floor coverings.
Finally we will visit a recreation of the cave dwelling. Originally inhabited in the 16th century the cave houses were literally dug out of the clay in the mountaintops on the outskirts of Galera. Each room being dug for a specific function they could stretch back into the hillside providing accommodation for several generations of family. The major stipulation for good ventilation was a door and two windows on the outside. This would
ensure airflow throughout the cave keeping it dry. There were often stables for the animals and work areas for the production of wine, and products made from the organic esperto grasses. When we visit Galera today we can see the 20th century aspects of cave living, fully restored caves that benefit from all the amenities.
The Archaeological Castellón Alto.
The town Castellón Alto is located approximately one kilometre from the centre of Galera on the left bank of the Galera river. Dating back to the late bronze age 1900 to 1600 BC. The site is located a the top of the hill with three natural terraces. On these terraces the rock is cut to create horizontal platforms where the dwellings are located. Between 80 and 100 people would have lived in the town and access is by stairways and narrow streets. The top of the highest terrace is separated from the rest of the town by a perimeter wall creating an acropolis zone where the elite of the town would have lived.Today it is partially reconstructed and we can discover the daily life in a village Argárico over 3500 years B.C
The economy at this time was based on agricultural production of wheat and vegetables this was complimented by livestock of sheep, goats and pigs.
The principle manufacturing of the town would have been stone masonry, the fabrication of ceramic urns and organic materials such as esparto grass, wool and linen.
Necrópolis de Tútugi.
Along the Cerro del Real is the Ibero-Roman city of Tútugi. This towns discovery dates back to 1914 when a woman in Galera had a dream in which it was prophesied she would find abundant and rich treasures in this place. Thereafter a search of treasures by the townsfolk the discovery of some of the tombs of the necropolis began. The tumular set Tútugi exceeds hundred graves spread over a large area divided into three zones. The variety of the tombs, highlights the strong social stratification of the population. The richest graves introduced into their chambers gorgeous outfits in which the Greek ceramics red figures abound, lavishly decorated amphoras, boxes of stone, bronze vessels, items of jewelery and small sculptures of a quality as high as that of the famous alabaster figurine of a deity known as the Lady of Galera. Cerro del Real was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1931.
Galera Historic Tour
Discover this unique history of Galera
The duration of the tour is two and a half to three hours
Transport from a central location in Galera.
Entrance to the 3 different museums/historic sites.
Typically Spanish three course lunch.
Return transport to Galera.
Duration of tour 2. 5- 3 hours.
€35 per person.
This tour is organised by Lifestyle in Spain. Bespoke and limited to a maximum of 4 people. Private transport in an air conditioned vehicle.
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