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AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig at Finca de Acebedo, Mijas, has revealed what is being called the “most important findings in Malaga history.”

A perfectly preserved square shaped oven has been discovered by an archaeological dig team contracted by Mijas council to uncover the town’s rich history.

The site will eventually become the biggest archaeology park on the Costa del Sol and potentially a major tourist attraction in the area.

“The dig has proved to be a huge success with what has been discovered so far, surpassing all expectations,” said the head of the council’s Historic Heritage Department, Juan José de la Rubia.

So far, two ovens and numerous other materials have been excavated, and clues indicate that the site was one of the few existing areas of Roman settlement. The evidence provides an insight into the transition period between the Carthaginian and Roman eras.

Early findings indicate that the items are from roughly 2,400 years ago.

“There is also more to come,” added Juan José de la Rubia, “The works will continue for several months, the surveys have shown that there are more structures below the ground. We don’t know how old they are or what state they are in, but all this is really exciting,”