Thanks to the massive ingestion of sugar during Christmas time, we had enough energy to do some field work. We take advance of the fact of returning home and we move to the Portuguese transmontane lands, specifically to the municipality of Vinhais.

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Romanarmy en acción: investigamos dous posibles campamentos en La Mesa

• Trátase dos recintos de El Xuegu la Bola (Arvechales, Somiedo) y Cueiru (Taxa, Teverga), ubicados a 1700 e a 1440 metros de altitude, sendo os sitios arqueolóxicos militares romanos a máis altitud da Mesa.
• No proxecto interveñen arqueólogos de diferentes institucións científicas españolas e europeas vinculados ao grupo romanarmy.eu
• A difusión dos achados farase en tempo real a través das redes sociais, nun experimento de divulgación científica

Comprobar a cronoloxía e a adscrición romana de dous importantes recintos militares da vía da Mesa, un dos principais itinerarios de entrada a Asturias desde hai miles de anos, é o principal obxectivo da campaña de prospección que se inicia este domingo e durará ata o luns 10 de outubro. Un equipo científico conformado por arqueólogos do Instituto de Ciencias do Patrimonio (INCIPIT) do CSIC, das Universidades de Oviedo e Santiago de Compostela, así como das universidades de Durham e Exeter (Reino Unido) e Amsterdam (Holanda) atópase xa sobre o terreo realizando as tarefas de prospección arqueolóxica. A dirección do proxecto é levada a cabo polos arqueólogos Andrés Menéndez Branco, José Manuel Costa e David González.

Divulgación en tempo real
Unha das principais novidades da campaña arqueolóxica é a vontade de difusión e retransmisión en tempo real dos traballos arqueolóxicos, aproximando desta maneira a metodoloxía e a práctica científica aos cidadáns. A comunicación realizarase nas redes sociais, no facebook de Roman Army (www.facebook.com/romanarmynw) e na web corporativa do grupo: www.romanarmy.eu e facilitará a todos os interesados seguir os avances en canto ao recoñecemento dos xacementos e á súa interpretación. A través de formatos didácticos, ensaiaranse novos procedementos e estratexias de comunicación científica dirixida ao público xeral.

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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).

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5 June 1921. Spain attends with some somnolence to the escalation of violence that will lead to the famous colonial disaster of Annual. As expected, this situation resonates like a more distant echo in rural Galicia, where the only revolution are the sporadic but typical downpours of the last days of spring. However, the peaceful place of “A Cibdade”, located on the north bank of the Limia River, receives a rare visit. This time, not only the inhabitants of the close villages of Portoquintela and Baños de Bande come to dig the land, but also four particularly well-dressed figures are approaching. They are Ramón Otero Pedrayo, Florentino López Cuevillas and Vicente Risco, prominent Galicianist intellectuals from the capital city of Ourese. The fouth well-known person is Farruco Pena, a local lawyer.

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O Baixo Miño desde o Alto do Cervo
The  lower course of the river Minho from o Alto do Cervo

Campos is situated on the outskirts of São Pedro da Torre (Valença, Portugal), on the banks of the Minho River. Here, the Galicians built a star-shaped fortification, the fort of San Luís Gonzaga, during the Portuguese Restoration War (1640-1668). In order to cut the advance of these troops on Portuguese lands the Portuguese elaborated a strategy. As the chronicles narrate, they built a series of watchtowers and fortresses, equidistant from the fort’s by a cannon shot.

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This is the paper we presented at the 23th Limes Congress, held in Ingolstadt (Germany) in September 2015. There we showed the results of a research about the Roman military presence in north-western Iberia developed by us in the recent past years as well as overall review on the subject showing how the discipline has changed due to the employment of remote sensing techniques like the aerial and satellite imagery or the aerial LiDAR. This website presents a new perspective about the roman military campaigns during the conquest in augustean times of the northern territories of Cantabria and Asturias and the subsequent reorganization of the north-westernmost region of Iberia.

Even if the audio of the video is English you can change the language of the subtitles by clicking the icon of a little grind placed below near the right corner. Since this is an interactive video you can also download KMZ files with additional graphic information of every single archaeological site we talk about. You need to install Google Earth software in order to visualize these files.

At this website you can also see highlined some of the more interesting conclusions of the public paper, in which 17 new Roman military sites were presented.