The MAC hosts “Treasures of Vila Joiosa”

Up until February the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia will be exhibiting objects from the archaeological site formerly visited by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, among others

Vila Joiosa is one of the principal historical monument towns on the Valencian coast. Located in the municipality of Marina Baixa, in the province of Alacant, the town was a settlement of great strategic interest to a number of cultures who first began to settle there more than three thousand years ago. It goes without saying that these successive cultures left their mark on the town.

The exhibition Treasures of Vila Joiosa is an attempt to explain the more relevant historical phases of the region from its origins to the Bronze Age and up to modern times by means of materials successively abandoned by Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Egyptians, Etruscans, Romans and, in the Middle Ages, the Moors.

Jointly curated by the Catalan Cultural Heritage Agency, Vilamuseu, the Vila Joiosa Town Council and the Museum of Archaeology of Alicante, the exhibition includes 145 objects of significant heritage value including a 32-gold-piece Phoenician-Punic collar that was recently displayed in the Louvre, a New Year’s water vessel sporting Egyptian hieroglyphics and pieces from the shipwrecked Bou Ferrer, the largest Roman cargo ship under excavation in the Mediterranean.

Treasures of Vila Joiosa can be visited in the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia (MAC), in Montjuïc, up until the 1st of February, 2015. Tickets are priced at 4.50 € and guided tours are organised every Sunday at 12.15 pm. Prior reservation is required and can be made by telephoning 93 423 21 49 or via mail infomac@gencat.cat. More information is available on the museum website.

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Publication date: Wednesday, 08 October 2014
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