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Biodiversity in Sicilian Agroecosystems: the old fruit trees

Cultural landscapes, with their agricultural ecosystems, are the place where the biodiversity of wild plants has been preserved and biodiversity of cultivates plants was generated. The current richness of fruit trees varieties is the result of a millennial process of introduction and domestication occurred in different historical periods and, therefore, closely linked to the people who come through Sicily.

One of the objective of the FP7 MEMOLA Project is understanding the processes of historical landscapes formation to draw strategies of preservation, diffusion and valorisation of the cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible) and of the environment.

For this reason, we are carrying out activities of dissemination in regards of cultivated plants biodiversity through workshops, training activities and this informative video.

The second stage of archaeological excavation at "Pago del Jarafí" started

Yesterday started the second stage of archaeological ‪‎excavation‬ at "Pago del Jarafí" (‪Lanteira‬, ‪Granada‬)‪‬. Thanks to all the volunteers and technicians. ‪

The ‪flotation‬ of ‪soil‬ samples of Pizzo Monaco (Custonaci)

Continuing the ‪‎flotation‬ of ‪‎soil‬ samples collected during the excavation of Pizzo Monaco (‪Custonaci‬-‪‎Trapani‬)

Walking at the foot of Dhëmbeli Mountain

CeRPHAAL in collaboration with a tourist agent from “Jona” travel agency tracked the entire path of the cultural route from Përmeti to Badëlonja “Walking at the foot of Dhëmbeli Mountain”, recording both its tangible and intangible values.

The Association "SiciliAntica-Castellammare del Golfo" visits Pizzo Monaco

On 27 July came to visit us on site of Pizzo Monaco some members of the Association "SiciliAntica-Castellammare del Golfo"

The association "Save the castle of Baida" visits the excavation of Pizzo Monaco

Last week came to visit us at the excavation of Pizzo Monaco some members of the Association "Save the castle of Baida"

CeRPHAAL preparing a film documentary

CeRPHAAL preparing a film documentary on the Upper Vjosa Valley. The documentary will record all the various aspects of the activities of the MEMOLA project undertaken in this study area.

Preliminary soil surveys in the Upper Vjosa Valley

The University of Palermo and CeRPHAAL association started the preliminary soil surveys in the Upper Vjosa Valley. A first screening of soils variability was carried out, particularly focused around the sites of Lëmenjëza and Magjirica. A variety of soil types were observed, looking mainly at factors and processes of soil formation. We also identified the study area where the land evaluation will be performed.

Land use and biodiversity assessment of the Upper Vjosa Valley

The University of Palermo and the CeRPHAAL association started the land-use and biodiversity assessment in the traditional agroecosystems of the Upper Vjosa Valley. The focus of the study was the observation of current and historical land-use patterns of the territory. A floristic collection around the sites of Lëmenjëza, Magjirica and the surrounding areas was carried out. Also we began a survey of the ethno-varieties of vines traditionally cultivated in the Upper Vjosa Valley.

The study of ‪‎Lanteira‬ ‪archaeological‬ ‪‎pottery‬

We continue the study of ‪Lanteira‬ ‪archaeological‬ ‪pottery‬. The results are allowing us to precise the chronology and interpretation of the various phases documented during the archaeological excavation.‪

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