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The group of paleontologists of Cueva Victoria finish their work this summer with the discovery of more than 3 thousand microfossils (09/08/2019)

The mayor Ana Belén Castejón, has received this Friday at the Town Hall the group of paleontologists who have been working this summer at the Victoria Cave site, recognized as a Site of Cultural Interest and as a Place of Geological Interest at an international level, and whose campaign It comes to an end.

In a farewell ceremony but 'see you soon', the mayor has thanked the young participants for the great work they have done these months in the Cave, where they have received the visit of hundreds of people and have launched a innovative labeling system and access to information about the site.

In addition, they culminate their work with the discovery of more than 3,000 microfossils that, they hope, may be useful to researchers in future campaigns that are carried out in Victoria Cave.

Victoria Cave closes its doors

This Saturday concludes the first training camp that has been carried out in the paleontological site of Victoria Cave.

For four weeks, a group of ten students of geology and biology from the University of Murcia, University of Alicante, Complutense of Madrid, and the Master of Applied Paleontology of Valencia and Alicante have had the opportunity to train at the site.

Thus, they have known the intervention techniques, in addition to receiving theoretical training in the field of geological and paleontological heritage and carrying out complementary activities such as field trips in which they have visited places of geological interest in the environment.

In total, three work areas have been intervened.

On the one hand, surface cleaning and consolidation work has been carried out on the upper scaffold.

Work necessary to ensure the conservation of part of the bone gap.

Likewise, a block with the remains of large herbivores has been worked on, where fossil observation has been facilitated, with the aim of preparing it for a future musealization within the cave and more than one ton of sediment has been screened, which It has allowed the recovery of hundreds of microvertebrate remains.

Remember that the site is a pioneer from this intervention in the use of new information technologies.

Thus, and thanks to smart PVC labels with NFC technology, it is possible to access important data for research and conservation interventions performed in the cave.

With the implementation of this system, any researcher and manager of the heritage that accesses the cave will be able to know data of the interventions carried out or coordinates of points of interest, without resorting to the memories of the excavations, aspect that undoubtedly improves the knowledge of the treatments and investigations carried out.

Great demand to visit the Cave

Visits during the field of work have been a constant, there is a demand from society for knowing the site.

Thus, more than 350 people have enjoyed a theatrical visit, in which they have had the opportunity to know the mining history of Victoria Cave, the animals that populated the cave and around it about a million years ago and for supposed the equity value of it.

Remember that this project is coordinated by the Cidaris Foundation and has the collaboration of the City Council of Cartagena, the General Directorate of Cultural Property of the Region of Murcia.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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