While digging around the site of the Finca de Acebedo, a Roman villa near to Mijas, archaeologists have uncovered the Costa del Sols first ever Roman olive press.
Archaeologists uncovered a four-ton device dating back to between the third and fourth centuries that they believe was the counterweight for an olive press.
The discovery comes shortly after having unearthed an extremely well preserved Roman baths and two ovens a few months earlier.
Mijas officials are now in the process of opening the largest archaeology park on the Costa del Sol with plans to make it a major cultural attraction for tourists.
Juan Jose de la Rubia head of Mijas’s Historic Heritage department thinks that from what they have uncovered so far the signs point to a transitional period between the Carthaginians and the early days of the Romans in Andalucia.