Excavations at the La Mora Encantada deposit outcrop the remains of a Muslim village where the battle of Alcocer could take place
The excavations carried out by theZaragoza Provincial Councilat the site ofThe Enchanted Mulberry,In the town ofAteca,they have allowed to discover new remains of the 11th century Islamic village in which theSing of Mo Cidsitu the conquest and the subsequent battle ofAlcocer
The latest findings continue to consolidate the thesis that this enclave of whichOnly the famous medieval peak poem was recordedactually existed and was next to the vega delro Jaln,within what is now the municipal district of this Zaragoza town.
The historianFrancisco MartnezHe pointed out that "the excavations have allowed the resolution of a mystery that has lasted several decades: Alcocer existed and is in Ateca".
Add that "another thing is that the battle and the rest of events narrated in theSing of Mo Cidwhether they are true or not, but the confirmation that Alcocer is in the place of La Mora Encantada opens the door to the possibility thatThe Champion,Once banished in 1081, follow the Jaln route to reachBarcelonaand seek shelter in the court of the countsRamn Berenguer IIYBerenguer Ramn II ".
Once discovered the AlcocerCidian,Now we try to find out what really happened there. "The importance and meaning of the excavations lies in knowing if Alcocer was a place conquered byRodrigo Daz de Vivar,which will bring truth to the battle narrated in the song that praises its exploits, "explains Martnez.
He details that the last work done at the site "once again reinforces the idea of the definitive abandonment of the settlement after its destruction and burning at the end of the 11th century."
This last conclusion is drawn from the archaeological record obtained throughout the four campaigns developed in recent years and reinforces the hypothesis thatEl CidHe could really be in Alcocer. In addition, the ceramic remains that have been appearing are taifales of the eleventh century, which will coincide with the possible passage of the Castilian warrior through these lands in 1081.
The new findings are related to ceramics for use in kitchen and table (pots, casseroles …), while structurally they have only been able to documenttwo very deteriorated walls.
"Once the remains appeared, we are presented again with a very compact record focused onend of the 11th century ",details Martnez, who also underlines "the great parallelism" of these new findings with the Andalusian ceramics found in previous interventions within the old town ofCalatayud
All the remains that have appeared throughout the four excavation campaigns carried out so far by the Diputacin de Zaragoza reinforce the idea that Alcocer occupied the entire western part of the enclave.
According to Martnez, "he will form the typical Muslim settlement at the top of a dominant, sunny hill, of easy defense, perhaps with some type of inn dependence from where he will be in contact with other enclaves throughlight or smoke signalsto warn of possible setbacks along the way. "
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