Arboleas City Council condition its Roman mine of eyeglasses for sightseeing

Authorities visit the Mine.

Authorities visit the Mine.

Arboleas City Council has begun cleaning and conditioning the mine Limaria, an important site of 'Lapis specularis’ or glasses dating from the Roman period and an interest in exploiting as a tourist attraction emdiante visits to boost the local economy and employment.

This was taken by the Board in a note after the visit of territorial delegate of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment in Almería, Miguel Ángel Tortosa, who along with the mayor of the town, Cristóbal García, He has visited the works to improve the site desescombro.

Authorized by the Delegation works Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment relate to the removal of debris and dirt from the mine and comprise three months, of those who have already been executed half. These tasks will allow to investigate the morphology of the mine and the extension of its galleries “to discover their potential and put it in context relative to other sources of spectacles of the Roman Empire that exist in Europe, with the possibility of making visitable for citizenship” according to a draft suitable musealization, as he noted Tortosa.

The speculum or selenítico gypsum was mined during the I and II after Christ in Hispania centuries and in other parts of the Roman Empire. The old Segóbriga –Cuenca and Toledo– He is concentrating the largest number of farms, followed by Toledo and Almeria, with points as the capital itself, Arboleas y Sorbas.

The interest of this material lay in its transparency, as well as the easiness to work it. It was used mainly for glazing windows, coupling several sheets on wooden frames or ceramic. It was also used, once calcined, for manufacturing plaster or gypsum moldings for, emptied and Plastering. At other times mixed with sand it crushed the Circus Maximus for it to shine, enhancing the shows.

Outside and near the mouth of the mine Limaria found common ceramics and Terra Sigilata High-Imperial era and remains of 'Lapis specularis’ sawn cut y. Inside there are clear indications of Roman laboreo, the existence of lucernarios, specific tasks for extracting mineral plates, Camera operating systems, pillars and galleries or using pointers square section.

By the excellent condition is this unique example of romanizing Andalusia in which, Limaria mines can be considered only for research and valorization, which connects historically with the cultural identity of the province.

The works are performed under the direction of mining engineers, archaeologists and specialists in Roman mining. Intervention in the mine, recently registered as Cultural Interest in the General Catalog of the Andalusian Historical Heritage, the company conducts Sadim Engineering, the group Hunosa's, specializing in tourism and exploitation of mining heritage museum.