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.

This is what a Roman olive press would have looked like

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.