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.
Baltic air: 22nd Annual Meeting of the EAA
Vilnius was the city chosen by the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) for its annual meeting in 2016. Around 1600 people were at the capital of Lithuania for the most relevant periodic meeting in the European archaeological research.
A new look at the origins
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.
An open window
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.
Castra Oresbi: a Roman military settlement up in the Serra do Marão?
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).
Following the footsteps of the Roman army: a methodology for the detection of Roman military settlements in NW Iberia
After concluding several research experiences in different areas of NW Iberia, we have assessed the potential and limitations of various techniques in a wide range of land types. The usefulness for archeological survey of those techniques has been totally attested thought an intense testing. In this paper, presented during the congress named Genius Loci: Places and Meanings, we show a methodological proposal for the detection and study of archaeological features related to the Roman military presence in these territories. Continue Reading
Flying over the Roman military sites
The last volume of AARGnews newsletter, edited by the Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG) includes a paper signed by all of us. We present a low-cost methodology combining historical and modern aerial photography, satellite imagery, airborne LiDAR, GIS and conventional archaeological field survey techniques. Likewise, it can be considered the international launch of the romanarmy.eu project.
A flooded archaeological landscape: Aquae Querquennae (Bande, Ourense)
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.
A needle in an industrial park: the Campos camp (Vila Nova de Cerveira, Minho Valley)
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.
And today… a “sword-and-sandal” reflection
Today (02/23/2016) we take advantage of the launch of Santiago Posteguillo‘s “La Legión Perdida” –the last episode of the trilogy dedicated to Roman emperor Trajan-. This is a good opportunity to carry out a small reflection on the role played by the historical novels in popularizing the Roman army.