Hints left by fires

A misfortune that occurred four thousand years ago has left us an incredible treasure that will allow us to reconstruct how the Argaric people built their houses and workshops. Older people, neighbours of Pliego who have come to visit us while we were digging, told us some curious details about the construction material remains that we showed to them. Surprisingly, it reminded them of the same architectural materials employed when they were younger and used to repair their houses. Has that prehistoric way of building lasted almost to the present day?

This section is

This section is “Under construction”. Here we will show you pieces of ceilings and walls with the imprints of the perishable materials used in its construction (reeds, logs and branches) preserved thanks to the fires that devastated La Almoloya on several occasions. Here, for instance, we have a rounded angle. From which part of the house? A detailed investigation of the room will solve this question.

Here there is another angle, more burnt, with that characteristic blush-salmon tone caused by the presence of more organic fuel around it that managed to change its colour while it burned.

Here there is another angle, more burnt, with that characteristic blush-salmon tone caused by the presence of more organic fuel around it that managed to change its colour while it burned.

Certainly these marks look rosemary imprints, aren’t they?. As we told you, this section is actually under construction… we will know soon.

Certainly these marks look rosemary imprints, aren’t they?. As we told you, this section is actually under construction… we will know soon.

More imprints of reeds and branches preserved by fire. In some fragments, there are indications of the maintenance of the walls by the presence of superimposed layers of plaster. Without a doubt, it is essential to have time and dedication to dry clean them to compose and solve this puzzle.

More imprints of reeds and branches preserved by fire. In some fragments, there are indications of the maintenance of the walls by the presence of superimposed layers of plaster. Without a doubt, it is essential to have time and dedication to dry clean them to compose and solve this puzzle.

Lime was also used for construction in La Almoloya. Obtaining lime requires a sophisticated technological process and furnaces capable of exceeding 900ºC. Here we see the incredibly remains of a door jamb located in room H4, with the charred wood core lined with clay and lime baked and hardened by the fire.

Lime was also used for construction in La Almoloya. Obtaining lime requires a sophisticated technological process and furnaces capable of exceeding 900ºC. Here we see the incredibly remains of a door jamb located in room H4, with the charred wood core lined with clay and lime baked and hardened by the fire.

The fire also conserved an only unequivocally symbolic expression: lunar, triangular, linear and figurative painted motifs that were

The fire also conserved an only unequivocally symbolic expression: lunar, triangular, linear and figurative painted motifs that were ” sealed by fire” on the stucco. Much remains to be done to decipher this fascinating enigma that calls into question the iconoclastic character that we attributed to that society supported by the total absence of decoration in their pottery. Now, curiosity also focuses on this point. Do not doubt that it will continue.

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