Looking for Lorca in Spain

LAST UPDATED: 19 Jan, 2012 @ 15:48
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Looking for Lorca in Spain

A NEW search for the Civil War grave of Granada’s best-loved poet Federico Garcia Lorca is set to get underway.

The exact location of his burial in an unmarked grave has been the subject of controversy ever since the poet and playwright was executed during the first months of the Spanish Civil War.

But now a local historian believes he has identified the true last resting place of Lorca and he has been given permission by Alfacar Town Hall to launch a private search of the area.

Miguel Caballero, author of ‘The Last 13 Hours of Garcia Lorca’, identified the spot from his own research and from oral testimony gathered by Granada journalist Eduardo Molina Fajardo for his book ‘The Last Days of Garcia Lorca’.

It comes just two years after a nearby site was unsuccessfully excavated in the search for Lorca’s grave following a long campaign complicated by the refusal of Lorca’s own family to condone the search.

This latest site, in the Penon Colorado area of Alfacar, close to the GR-3101 local road used during the Civil War as a training ground for the Falange troops, is less than half a kilometre away from the original site.

Caballero is funding the investigation himself, and if any evidence of a grave is found, it will then be up to the descendants of the three men executed alongside Lorca in August 1936 and who are believed to have been buried with him, to request permission for an excavation.

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