Great necropolis found in San Nicolás

Great necropolis found in San Nicolás

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During the work carried out in the columbarium of San NicolásAs a result of its expansion, new information about the parish has come to light, a place where important aspects of the history of Avilés have been found.

Ángel Garralda, former parish priest, promoted an expansion project in order to respond to the growing demand for this type of space.

Its location is in the adjacent subsoil with the original crypt which will maintain its current uses. For this reason, in recent months it has been necessary to close the entrance to the temple located in the Plaza de Álvarez Acebal, since it has been necessary to raise the entire floor located under the choir of the Church. Once the project is finished, the entrance that will lead to the columbarium will be recovered.

Due to historical characteristics of the temple, the archaeological intervention in the works has been necessary, one of the consequences being the necessary authorization by the Artistic-Historical Heritage Commission.

Among the discoveries are 266 different burials, characteristic of the 16th and mid-18th centuries, which when located inside the temple is quite probable that they correspond to Franciscans and lay people linked to the Third Order of which, due to the Council of Trent, their burial in sacred ground was generalized.

Another surprising feature has been finding quite a few child burials. Despite the fact that most of the remains found are whole bodies, loose bones also appeared that did not correspond to any specific body.

In a month, Sergio Ríos will present a report with details about discoveries. Ríos explains that the most important are the details provided about the funerary uses in Avilés and that until now were unknown. Despite being burials of humble people, with hardly any valuables, earrings, rings, a jet necklace and some coins have been found. Due to their importance, two silver reales from the reign of Enrique IV stand out, one of which is in a very good state of conservation.

All the pieces found have been moved to the Archaeological Museum of Asturias as the legally established procedure indicates, except for the bodies found that will continue to rest in San Nicolás.

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