STAFF REPORTER THE future Museum of Pollentia, named after the Roman city of the same name unearthed by the old city walls of Alcudia, is to be built on a 6'483 plot of land alongside the ancient amphitheatre and will throw new light on daily life in those far off times.

The museum is being set up in a town which is very well aware of the importance of its historic heritage and how it will be able to help boost income from the tourist industry.

Municipal architect Antonio Domingo, and Joana Maria Palou who is director of the Museum of Majorca have been working on a draft project which will eventually emerge as the architectural framework for Pollentia's new showpiece. As key figures on the scheme's Technical Committee, both Domingo and Palou have committed to handing over their blueprint by Easter. Teams of organisers working on construction and administration of the Pollentia project will need to know whether it will come under the umbrella of the Museum of Majorca as does the museum at neighbouring Muro, or whether it will be an independent entitity with its own responsibility for operational affairs. “This is really a political decision,” said Palou. Both Palou and Domingo said the Pollentia museum needs to benefit two sections of the community. Firstly it should generate revenue for the town and secondly provide an archaeological information site for visitors.

They explained that the aim of the new museum will be to provide a portrait of daily life in Roman times, using both material that was discovered at the site and items which coincide historically brought in from other places. The emphasis will be on how humans lived, what they believed and how they died, rather than on pure archaeological structures, said Palou.