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'La Bastida de les Alcusses'

La Bastida de les Alcusses (Les Alcusses Bastide) was one of the most important cities in Iberian Contestania, housing a population of six hundred inhabitants occupying around six hectares of land. However, we do not know the historical causes that led to its destruction and abandonment after a short existence of nearly one hundred years. Its chronology extends from the end of the 5th century to the end of the 4th century BC. 

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Between 1928 and 1931, the Prehistoric Research Service, carried out four excavation campaigns which uncovered part of the urban network, consisting of a group of houses situated along a central street.

The magnitude of the remains found, including Iberian writing, figurines such as the Guerrer de Moixent (Moixent Warrior), ceramics and agricultural implements, made this site a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931.

The Guerrer de Moixent represents an Iberian soldier on horseback armed with an Iberian falcata in his right hand and a circular shield in his left. He wears a helmet crowned with a huge plume. The horse stands on his hoofless legs, it has pointed ears and a half-open mouth through which the reins pass.

The settlement is notable for its defensive system, consisting of a wall with several attached towers and four access gates that allowed chariots to pass through.

The site has signposted routes and explanatory panels that help visitors to understand the importance of this Iberian settlement. There is also a reconstruction of an Iberian house and an area for educational workshops, where visitors can grind flour or open the lock of a typical Iberian door with a wooden key. The Prehistoric Research Service is currently carrying out a research project to continue the excavations.


La Bastida de les Alcusses
Carretera de Moixent a Fontanars dels Alforins CV-652, km. 10, 246640 Moixent

Visiting hours
Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Guided tours
Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For guided group visits and to arrange educational workshops for schoolchildren call 687 836 545 or 687 836 717.

Ticket price
Admission is free