It has been approximately fifty years since an archaeological intervention was carried out in the BIC of the Iberian Village of Sierra del Balumba in the municipality of Santomera, when the University of Murcia carried out several emergency excavations in the 1970s led by the Professor María Muñoz Amilibia and Professor Pedro Lillo for the expansion of the Fontanilla quarry. Last Monday, the first campaign of archaeological excavation began, which is part of the project to enhance the Sierra del Balumba and which is jointly carried out by the Santomera Heritage Association and the Cultural Association of Protohistoric Studies and Archeology and directed by the Doctor in Prehistory and Archeology José Ángel Ocharán.
It is a project supported by the Historical Heritage Service of the Region of Murcia and the Santomera City Council, in whose participatory budgets the proposal for the recovery of the town came out as the most voted option by the residents of the municipality.
The passing of time and the action of man make the recovery of a natural space located next to the urban core of Santomera more and more necessary and with incalculable heritage values. The archaeological works have focused on two areas of the town and have yielded a series of satisfactory results for the research team that will soon come to light.
It is a strategic enclave that houses human presence from the full bronze to the Iberian world and that should have been a strategic place given the visual control of the Segura Valley and the fertility and richness of its lands in terms of raw materials for daily use in prehistoric life.