The Hunchback Roman

ECO The jorobao de torrenuevaWho would have thought that Torrenueva would have captured the attention of the international archeological world? Yet, it has, thanks to some Roman bones.

About a decade ago, whilst they were digging the foundations for government-subsidised housing in the La Cañada de Vargas area of the village, workers came across dozens of amphoras from a pottery workshop whose produce were destined for the fish-salting factory in nearby Almuñécar – we’re talking about somewhere around the turn of the III and IV Centuries.

Work on the building project was halted whilst the archeologists moved in a sieved through the whole site, which was when the remains of a young lad with a skeletal malformation appeared – it better said, his remains appeared.

The bones are unique in the Paleopathological world, primarily because they are so well preserved and because there are few skeletons dating from so far back with this kind of deformity – the lad, whose aged was calculated at 16 – had a totally twisted spine and one leg longer than the other (Scheuermann Syndrome).

The discovery was published in the International Journal of Paleopathology and caused quite an impact within the archeological world.

The remains now rest in Italy; it was an Italian archeologist who headed the dig. Bones bear the label TOR302, although here in Spain they are known as the Jorobado de Torrenueva.

So what did Torrenueva look like back then? Not so many zebra crossings, that’s for sure! Nah, it was a rural area, with grape vines and olive tree, but with a much richer soil.

So there you go! Next time you zoom through Torrenueva on your way to Motril or Carchuna, you can nonchalantly mutter to your travelling companion, “Did you know…” and they will be impressed – call it a hunch…

(News: Torrenueva, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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