The results of the excavations in Tira del Lienzo suggest that it was a “satellite” town of an administrative and productive nature within the framework of a more significant political and economic organization. The artefacts found tell us about various productive activities.

On the one hand, this settlement played an essential role as a barn. On the other hand, in the lower part of the hill, on its western slope and the edge of the Sisquilla watercourse, a semi-underground complex was built with several rooms associated with an oven about two meters in diameter, where cereal was toasted before being stored.

On the other hand, we could tell there was produced flour, given the many mills discovered in different rooms. The three large specimens found in the central area are made of lamproite, a volcanic rock of excellent quality.

Despite the importance of food processing, the shortage of large ceramic containers is striking since only a few had more than 10 litres in capacity. However, it is possible that other types of containers that have not been preserved were used, such as esparto or fabric, which would also facilitate transport.

The fire has allowed the conservation of charred vegetables, which were also stored in the place.

Site of the three large lamproite mills found in the central area of ​​Tira del Lienzo.

Site of the three large lamproite mills found in the central area of ​​Tira del Lienzo.

Entrance to the barns.

Entrance to the barns.

Aerial view of two of the areas related to storage on the plain, next to the Sisquilla watercourse.

Aerial view of two of the areas related to storage on the plain, next to the Sisquilla watercourse.

Charred mastic seeds were found in one of the rooms in Tira del Lienzo. These seeds could have been used to treat digestive problems.

Charred mastic seeds were found in one of the rooms in Tira del Lienzo. These seeds could have been used to treat digestive problems.