Mediaeval remains threaten Axarquía golf project

Junta to launch study of the site, which archaeologists want protected

Vélez Málaga town hall is promoting the Juvigolf project Photo D. Jamieson

By Dave Jamieson

The regional government is to launch a study into the mediaeval farmstead which lies between Vélez-Málaga and Rincón de la Victoria. The site, discovered in 2010 but not excavated, is thought to have been abandoned in the 15th century.

The action follows demands by archaeologists who want it to be given protected status because, they say, it is under threat from a planned development in the same area. The Juvigolf project being promoted by Vélez-Málaga town hall includes the construction of 1,500 homes, an hotel and restaurants, as well as an 18-hole golf course, on a site of 1.7 million square metres.

Various archaeological groups have pointed to the unique nature of the site, whereas Andalucía already has 70 other golf courses, and have gathered almost 7,000 signatures on a petition calling for its protection.

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