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The team of archaeologist Antonio Vicente Frey has identified the site of the royal pantheon where several Murcian emirs of the third taifa were buried. Among them was Aben hud, who surrendered in 1266 to the Infante Alfonso, to whom he gave the keys to the city of Mursiya (Murcia).
The third taifa It was developed between the years 1228 and 1266 and had seven emirs, including Aben Hud. Its dissolution had its origin in the weakness of the taifa, for which Ibn Hud al-Dawla was forced to request a pact with Castile in 1243. Alfonso X ended up integrating it into the Kingdom of Castile and Leon after crushing a Mudejar revolt with the help of Jaime I of Aragon, his father-in-law.
In fact, Thanks to the personal chronicles that Jaime I wrote and that still persist today, the location of the pantheon has been found. It is a little known text that was written in 1266, when Jaime I besieged Murcia: “In the mountain where they go to Cartagena they buried the kings of Murcia, and on a rock, Aben Hud rests”.
The rock that the monarch refers to is Morrón del Puerto de la Cadena, where there is a medieval building that until now had had a dubious identification. It is at the top of the Morrón del Puerto de la Cadena where the Castle of La Asomada is located.
The castle It has been identified as the Pantheon of the Murcian Emirs, although no burial remains have been found or are expected to be found. "We think it plausible to think that Abu Bakr b. Hud, the last effective emir of Murcia, dismantled and destroyed the pantheon in 1266 and took the remains of his ancestors into exile, since the Castilian sources of the time do not say anything about human remains in La Asomada.”.
The archaeologists The construction of the building is attributed to Ibn Mardanish, known as the wolf king. The first investigations related to the emir with the second Murcian taifa, but up to this moment there was no evidence that allowed greater approximations.
In the words of Antonio Vicente Frey Sánchez: “today is a big day for the history of Murcia, since an interesting mystery has been revealed, such as what is the final destination of the deceased emirs”.
Remains start an archaeological dig that determines the internal structure of the pantheon.
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