October 28, 2023
The Husillos Sarcophagus
The municipality of Husillos, in an initiative developed by the mayor Don Juan Jesús Nevares Heredia, succeeded in getting permission, finding the finances, commissioning, and installing an exact facsimile, made by Factum Foundation, of one of the best-preserved Roman sarcophagi in Spain. The marble sarcophagus known as ‘La Orestiada’ (or the Husillos Sarcophagus) was removed from the town in the late 19th century, despite opposition from the town’s inhabitants, and taken to the Museo Arquelógico Nacional (MAN) in Madrid. This was a common form of preservation at the time and was also the case with the Dama de Elche, recorded in 2003 in an early Factum initiative focused on issues of ownership and sharing.