Remains of a Roman garum factory

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In Almuñécar, in the El Majuelo Botanical Park you will find the remains of an ancient Roman garum factory, an important industry for the town between the 5th and 4th centuries BC.

Garum was a fermented fish sauce used as a condiment in the cuisines of ancient Greece, Rome, and Byzantium. This special kind of paste was made of fish entrails, which was exported throughout the Empire and was particularly popular in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.

Although part of the factory is still beneath the botanical park, you are still able to see a wide expanse of salting pools as well as other structures that were excavated in the 1970′s and 1980’s.

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