Castillio de La Duquesa located in Castillo, Manilva will be getting a new addition archaeological visitors centre to inform visitors about the Roman fish processing factory located just opposite the Castle, this is reported to date back between the 1st to 5th century AD and was a roman fishing village as well as a processing area for salted fish, mainly tuna, and a highly prized sauce made from fermented fish called Garum, evidence of which you can still see today. This will also enhance the museum located within the castle.
The project, drawn up by the Architecture and Planning service of the provincial institution, is estimated at a cost of €369,137.05, which the Provincial Council will contribute €329,000 (by transfer to the town hall) and Manilva City Council will contribute €40,137.05.
The special plan will follow a report from the BIC Archaeological Zone ‘Environment Castillo de la Duquesa’. Works will start by consolidating and reinforcing the existing archaeological remains both in the residential Roman area and in the industrial part. This will involve clearing and cleaning of wall structures and will be carried out manually, the elimination of surface substrates and the cleaning of the entire perimeter wall.
The archaeological site will have an elevated walkway to help protect the site after clearing and structures have been stabilised using existing stones, the streets will also be highlighted by different coloured gravel to help visitors determine residential and industrial areas of the site.
The steel and wooden elevated path will have information plaques explaining how the site was used with lighting to allow for evening visits.