3D LIDAR-derived model showing the location of the Roman camp of Santa Baia (A Laracha, A Coruña). Infographics: José Manuel Costa. Source of LiDAR data: IGN-PNOA.

The Roman army had a much more significant, diverse and prolonged presence in NW Iberia than was known until now. 22 new Roman military sites, some of them unpublished, reveal a great dispersion of military contingents throughout the territory and, above all, a diversity of operations and missions that can range from combat actions, territory reconnaissance or police control.

This is the new vision of Rome’s first military contacts in NW Iberia that has been published in the latest issue (19.3) of Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry: “The reassessment of the Roman military presence in Galicia and Northern Portugal through digital tools: archaeological diversity and historical problems” witten by 3 researchers from the Romanarmy.eu collective. “The research allowed them to map a series and variety of evidences that resonate strongly in a previously silent territory,” say researchers José Manuel Costa (USC), Joao Fonte (Institute of Heritage Sciences and University of Exeter) and Manuel Gago (USC). For them, the analysis of the new data set “opens the door to a radical transformation of the traditional historical narratives relating to the conquest and integration of these territories by Rome”.

Follow this link to access executive summaries of the research in Galician, Spanish and Portuguese, while the original paper in English can be found here.

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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.

The Roman camp of Penedo dos Lobos.

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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”.

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These days the latest issue of the newsletter The European Archaeologist (TEA), edited by the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), has been released. A paper written by the Romanarmy research group as a whole was there published.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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