A new volume of the scientific Journal Gallaecia. Revista de arqueoloxía e antigüidade, edited by the History Department of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, has been released. It contains a paper in which four new Roman military sites located within the provinces Lugo and Ourense have been published. These sites reveal an active Roman military presence in the area and could help to understand the historical processes of conquest and absorption of these territories by the Roman empire. From the discovery of the site of A Recacha (Navia de Suarna) in 2011 onwards, up to 17 new Roman military sites have been detected -totally or partially- in Galicia, although some have not been publicly released yet. We must stress that the early Roman empire forts of A Cidadela (Sobrado dos Monxes, A Coruña) and Bande (Ourense) are also situated in Galicia.
Last May (17-20) our colleague João Fonte participated in the TRAIL 2016 (Training and Research on the Archaeological Interpretation of LiDAR), held at the Domaine National de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher, Francia). He had the opportunity there to interact with the most important European specialists and to learn about the application of aerial LiDAR in the study of archaeological landscapes. This is the third edition of this “international meeting on LiDAR applications for archaeology”.
A new issue of the journal Estudos do Quaternário (edited by the Portuguese Association for the Study of the Quaternary) was recently published. It includes a paper by our colleagues João Fonte and José Manuel Costa-García “Alto da Cerca (Valpaços, Portugal): a Roman military settlement in the Padrela Mountain and its relation to the mining district of Tresminas“.
These days our colleagues Rebeca Blanco-Rotea, Jose Costa, João Fonte and Manuel Gago received good news. Their paper “A Modern Age redoubt in a possible Roman camp. The relationship between two defensive models in Campos (Vila Nova de Cerveira, Minho Valley, Portugal)” was released as part of the latest volume of Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (JAS-REP).
On 16th July, TEDx Galicia 2016 was held in the City of Culture (Santiago de Compostela). Through the main topic “what is the future made of?” the event aimed to reflect on the importance of past and present in shaping the future and, therefore, of our own responsibility in its design. Throughout the day, several interventions allowed to explore various visions of everyday life, trying to open our approach to reality as well as to define where do we walk as individuals and as a society.
These days the latest issue of the journal Nailos, edited by the Association of Independent Professional Archaeologists of Asturias (APIAA), has been released. An article on the camps of Castrocalbón / Castrucarbón (León) written by our colleague Jose Costa can be found in its pages.
Last thursday (12/05/16) the Galician Culture Council hosted the fifth conference of the Monographic Meetings with the Cultural Heritage. Our colleagues José Costa, Manuel Gago, Andrés Menendez and João Fonte presented the project Romanarmy.eu through four lectures. The coordinators of the event, Rebecca Blanco-Rotea and Iago Seara (members of the Heritage Section and Bens Culturais of the Council) organised an interesting colloquium with the audience. We present here the full video of the conference courtesy of the Galician Culture Council. If you prefer to go directly any of the lectures, just click on the corresponding image.
Lino Tavares Dias and António Baptista Lopes stated the existence of a Roman military camp up in the very top of the Serra do Marão (Portugal). A rectangular enclosure and a stone tower would be the archaeological evidence sustaining that interpretation. This sugested Roman camp (the only one catalogued in Northern Portugal) was also identified thanks to an inscription carved over a rock located in the nearby: Castra Oresbi. However, the meagre archaeological evidence implied the to the refusal of this interpretation by some scholars (like C. M. Martins).