Archaeology in Alicante

The San Juan Bautista Parish Church, the old town, the imposing Torres de l’Horta or the magnificent manor and farm estates are just an example of the rich heritage of Sant Joan. But the Horta itself, with its system of irrigation canals, tillage implements, the work techniques used in the field and the traditions of its people, are also part of this tangible and intangible heritage and the history of the town.

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Sant Joan d'Alacant’s hoard

This extraordinary collection of coins from the contemporary era was found in our town on April 13, 1963. This characteristic treasure is one of the most interesting and important in the province of Alicante due to the richness and ornateness of its coins, the splendid state of conservation of some of them and because it is an excellent sample of gold coins and, above all, of silver coins that circulated in the region of d’Alacantí during the first quarter of the 19th century. Nowadays, the MARQ (Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Alicante – Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante) it is in charge of its custody.

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The Pedro José state

The Pedro José estate was built in the last third of the 19th century and has served as a cropland estate of bourgeois court. In it, has lived three generations of the family Els Piñolets. A house that will be inherited by women will become the family home of a recognized military. At the beginning of the Civil War, will be seized by the then Lieutenant Colonel of Carabineros, José Muñoz Vizcaíno. It will then be built in the bowels of it, approximately 7 meters deep, an anti-aircraft shelter that will be the protagonist of the final chapter of the conflict.

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The Partidor del Toril

The Partidor del Toril was a key element in the irrigation system. It was built between the 15th and the 16th centuries, probably next to the disappeared defensive tower of Juan Sernia. It allowed dividing the flow of the Mayor Irrigation Channel in two different ones at this point. The main one, continued along Mayor Street and El Carmen Street towards Benimagrell and the secondary one, called Moleta which diverted the water towards Fabraquer. Its original shape was smaller and rectangular. The edge of the partidor was made with ashlars that hold up the door and the system that direct the water to one side or the other. However, its current appearance is the result of successive urban reforms.

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