photography Paco Rives



The La Alcudia University Foundation for Archaeological Research in the Valencia Region was founded in 1996, which marked the start of this innovative project, launched by the University of Alicante. Through UA President Andrés Pedreño Muñoz, this institution purchased the La Alcudia archaeological site, near Elche, from the Ramos family, in exchange for the donation of their archaeological collection, and the Foundation was created.

According to its statutes, updated on 11 October 2019, the Foundation has the following governing bodies: a Board of Trustees, an Executive Committee and a Scientific Board. The statutes also define the Foundation’s duties towards society. The Foundation is a scientific, non-profit organisation of cultural interest, guided by the will of its founders; by its statutes and any regulations that, for interpretation and implementation purposes, may be approved by the Board of Trustees; and, in any case, by all legal provisions in force.


photography Paco Rives

La Alcudia Foundation is engaged in heritage research, conservation, outreach and promotion activities, all of which take place at its facilities and archaeological site. Heritage outreach activities are also carried out across the Valencia Region. Besides, the Foundation occasionally runs activities at other locations, always in an effort to promote La Alcudia’s archaeological heritage and meet the scientific, educational and cultural interests of society as a whole. Among others, the Foundation undertakes archaeological activities, permanent and temporary exhibitions, dissemination and outreach activities, research, conservation and restoration of material evidence from the La Alcudia site, and any other activities deemed appropriate by the Board of Trustees.

Since 1996, several master plans have been implemented with a view to protecting and preserving the site and its collection, as well as expanding its facilities, areas open to visitors and heritage assets. In 2018 the Valencia Region’s Government approved a new master plan that will run until 2029, coordinated by Sonia Gutiérrez Lloret and Miguel Louis Cereceda. It should also be noted that the University of Alicante’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer promotes research through its own R&D&I programme, with three projects currently ongoing. This allows many students from different universities to further their scientific knowledge and training.

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Images provided by the National Arqueological Museum

Iván López Salinas montage