Paleontological Sites

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The settlement of Requena and its extensive municipal area have been well documented since prehistoric, proto-historic and historic times such as the romanization and the Muslim occupation.

Archaeological digs have provided material from different eras in several places; these are housed in Requena Municipal Museum in the Archaeology Section.

Requena museum is the only one that has this official category in the whole of the region and therefore it is the centre where all the archaeological artefacts that emerge from regional sites is held, having besides museographical collections from Caudete de las Fuentes and Camporrobles.

In Requena museum there is a gallery with a permanent exhibition devoted to Iberian culture, with ceramics and other pieces belonging to that culture and from sites in the municipal area of Requena and other places in the region.

There is also another permanent gallery devoted to the romanization during which time there was no important town in the region, but there were plenty of Roman villas which were given over to farming and animal husbandry.

A good example of this was the Roman villa which, at one time, belonged to one Domitia Iusta and which was located in the Hortunas valley on the left bank of the river Magro, next to the ancient La Ribera way.

From this villa was excavated the part corresponding to the necropolis in which were discovered several earth burials and incinerations, fragments of the funeral monument of Domitia Iusta, ceramic, glass, and metal artefacts which, together with others from different places in the area, are exhibited in the aforementioned permanent gallery.

 

There are temporary exhibitions from the museum collections of pieces and artefacts from the Bronze Age, Islamic culture, even from the even from the middle ages.

The archaeological site of Solana de Las Pillillas Requena is one of the oldest producing wine centers documented in the Iberian Peninsula. This is the only set of rock known wineries Iberian time in Valencia.

This site consists of four wineries excavated rock to a series of adjoining structures related to the production, processing and storage of wine are associated. The characteristics of the soils associated with archaeological materials occupying the site dates from the late seventh century and the V century. C.

The Pilillas

 

The archaeological site of La Solana de Las Pilillas Requena was declared on 25 November 2011 of Cultural Interest (BIC), with category of Archaeological Zone, by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. This statement of BIC by the Generalitat Valenciana, besides securing their protection, enhances the valorization of this ancient site.