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The archaeological survey in the area of "Marquesado del Zenete"

We have begun the archaeological survey in the area of "Marquesado del Zenete" (‪‎Sierra Nevada‬) with our Prehistorians colleagues at the University of Granada. ‪

International experts explore the context of change and the move from analogue to digital

Cultural Heritage (CH) itself, the ways in which it is made, held, collected, curated, exhibited, or simply exists, have completely changed in the 21st century. This context of change has also transformed the roles and links between memory institutions, CH professionals, citizens, and economic and social actors at all the spheres of society.

In order to understand this context of change, the RICHES project organised a workshop at the Turkish National Library (Ankara, Turkey). Two intense days of discussion allowed the participants to discuss key questions about how these transformations are evolving, and identify the main opportunities and trends for the upcoming years.

On the 14th May the workshop explored best practices and trends on Cultural Heritage transmission in a changing world. Amalia Sabiescu (Coventry University, UK) provided insights about this context of change, particularly on the development of new skills and the preservation of traditional skills. Mayor Veysel Tiryaki, from the Ankara Municipality of Altindag (Turkey), presented the experience of Hamamonu and the transformation of physical resources. A guided tour on the afternoon allowed the participants to discover the results of the intervention at Hamamonu, which constitutes a case study in the framework of the RICHES project. Exploring the CH transmission and its impact on education and learning, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Emin Kucuk (Hacettepe Technology Transfer Center, Turkey) presented the Global Libraries Project Turkey. Closing that session,  MEMOLA Project presented its activities on Cultural Landscapes as places to get involved.

The final session of the workshop was completely interactive and open to discussion. Participants addressed specific aspects linked to the workshop topics in three parallel discussion groups. 

Finally, the findings of the discussion sessions where reported to the global audience, and the RICHES project coordinator, Neil Forbes, concluded the event sharing the closing remarks. The event has been a successful platform to discuss key aspects linked to the RICHES project research, proving insights to continue exploring and understanding the context of change and the move from analogue to digital.

For more information visit: RICHES Workshop in Ankara (Turkey)

The European Commision publishes "the seminar about traditional grafting"

The theoretical and practical seminar about fruit trees grafting on traditional conservation techniques ‬has been so successful that today the ‪European Commission‬ publishes the news on their official page. Thanks to everyone who participated. ‪

The ‪fortified landscape‬ of the ‪Euganean Hills

Students of the Archaeology of Architecture from the University of Padova have made different ‪‎routes‬ included in the ‪fortified landscape‬ of the ‪Euganean Hills‬. In particular, have been analyzed the architectural techniques and materials used for the construction of the different phases of the castle of ‪Este‬.

The Restoration of a Historic Trail in Cañar

The Restoration of a Historic Trail in Cañar started on May 11th. Cañar's city council, with the support of the MEMOLA team, and the financial aid of the Alpujarra Local Development Association, started the recovery of a historic route which connected the village with the higher mountains and runs through a landscape of great natural and heritage value.

Archeobotanical lesson at the UNIPD with L. Peña Chocarro

Today at ‪the University of Padova, archaeobotanical‬ lesson in the laboratory with Leonor Peña Chocarro. Students have floated the soil samples taken in the excavation of the ‪Montagnon‬ castle, in ‪Colli Euganei‬

Local potato variety called "copo de nieve" recovery campaign

The goal is to recover this variety from Sierra Nevada and provide farmers with its seed for planting, as well as give technical support to cultivate it and to elaborate environmental guidelines to assure its conservation. The recovery process has been design to ensure market supply with three productions per cycle. This cycle starts during winter at the Coastal Plain with the seed produced in the upper mountain, it  continues with its planting in the month of February at the Middle Plain ( 600-800 meters) to conclude at the beginning of summer with its planting in Sierra Nevada, depending on the altitude, allowing obtaining a new harvest of this high quality product and the production of a new seed.

The cultivation areas to recover this local product are Nieles (Cástaras), Lugros y Cáñar. Depending on the terrain conditions the planting will be done in different periods of time and altitudes. The planting at Nieles has already started.  The work involved will be done with traditional techniques and by the local farmers. In the following months planting will start at Lugros and Cañar.

The "copo de nieve" potato is a variety of a size of 5 to 10 centimeters, rounded, with many sprouts for germination. It was cultivated in Sierra Nevada until the 18th century, thanks to its good adaptation to the terrain and weather conditions.

MEMOLA statement on current refugee and migrant crisis in Sicily

As the world’s media focusses on Sicily and the unfolding human tragedy that is the migrants and refugee crisis, a group of academics have gathered together in Sicily under the auspices of the EU FP7 MEMOLA project. The project seeks to understand the historical processes of cultural change that occurred a millennium ago yet have left a very tangible legacy in the form of landscape, language, people and culture that contributes to our sense of Europeaness.

The project is historical in its focus but with a strong commitment to public engagement. The academics from across Europe (Spain, Britain, Ireland, Albania, and Italy) are conscious that the historical processes that they investigate have human mobility at their centre and it is such processes that have shaped Europe into the tolerant and diverse continent that is its today. From this perspective it is timely to remind ourselves that the migratory events that are unfolding at the moment are part of long established and episodic set of processes that should be considered normal yet nonetheless perilous and dreadful in human terms.

As an academic group we recognise the ethical basis of our work and seek to draw attention to the bi-directional connections across time that have served to enrich and diversify Europe. The events of recent days have shocked and stunned many European citizens with some considering them extraordinary events with grave implications for the economy and culture of Europe. Our historical studies should therefore serve to normalise migratory events while reminding us of our rich and diverse heritage. The horrors that unfold kilometres away from where we meet to discuss distant events draw our attention to the dire human experiences that comprise more abstract historical processes. Our work should therefore caution against concerns that promote an isolationist view of Europe and instead they can help us to recognise the historical precedents for this week’s event while reminding us of the human character of those involved, something that history too often forgets.

MEMOLA candidato a los premios ONU-Agua a las mejores prácticas

La labor del proyecto MEMOLA en Cáñar se ha merecido ser candidata a los premios de la ONU-agua a las mejores prácticas "El agua, fuente de vida 2005-2015", a propuesta de la Fundación Cultura de Paz, dirigida por Federico Mayor Zaragoza.

 

 

MEMOLA as an example of social sciences and humanities research by the European Commission Research

The goals and impact of the rehabilitation of the traditional irrigation system of Barjas was captured in a documentary, highlighted by the European Commission Research and Innovation area, as an example of social sciences and humanities research with a high societal impact.

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