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[Heritage improves access and security at Cueva Victoria (13/01/2021)

The Archaeological Heritage Area, run by the mayor, Ana Bel n Castej n, is strengthening security and improving access to the Victoria Cave, with the installation of a mesh to prevent landslides and increased lighting and security to avoid vandalism. Specifically, triple-twist meshes are being installed to prevent landslides on the vertical slopes of the reservoir since, due to their composition, they could present falls. This installation will allow the stabilization of the slopes.

The meshes, by having great flexibility in all directions, improve safety in the area since, even if one of the wires breaks, the network does not come undone and will allow control of possible detachments, with a visual impact on the very reduced. These works, which have been awarded for a value of 52,635.31 euros to the company Continental Obras y Mantenimiento, are part of the actions that are being undertaken to enhance the value of the Victoria Cave.

Thus, the entrances to Sala Victoria 1 and Sala Victoria 2 will be protected. In addition, works are being carried out that will increase security in the area, by setting up an alarm system from outside and access to the cave that will be connected 24 hours a day.

with the Local Police. The works, which began on December 18, have a planned execution period of seven weeks, so they will conclude at the beginning of February. "With these interventions we will be able to make the entrance to the cave more accessible and safe, which is, without a doubt, a true paleontological jewel that we want everyone to be able to admire," remarked the mayor. "In addition, we increased the security at the site to avoid acts of vandalism: we cannot allow the stories that the cave hides, which go back more than 900,000 years in time, to be in danger", ha remarked. The Victoria Cave is located on the eastern slope of the Cerro de San Gin, where the Upper Paleolithic site is located, where industries, fauna and the remains of cabins have been found.

Between the hermitages and the entrances to the cave there are various mining constructions in ruins, as well as aeration shafts and remains of dumps.

The two entrances to the cave that are in lower levels, were executed by the miners to extract manganese.

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Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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