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IV archaeological excavation campaign "Pago del Jarafí" finished

Last Friday finished the IV archaeological excavation campaign "Pago del Jarafí" (Lanteira, Granada). Thank you for all volunteers.

European Heritage Day in Lanteira (Granada)

UGR and ARQUEO organize a guided tour to the archaeological excavation of Lanteira in the European Heritage Day

Aerial photography in Pago del Jarafí (Lanteira)

Today Dr. Benavides López (UGR) is taking photos with Drone from the archaeological excavation "Pago del Jarafí" (Lanteira, Granada)

The 2nd stage of the IV archaeological excavation at "Pago del Jarafí" started

Last week started the second stage of  the IV archaeological excavation campaign at "Pago del Jarafí"  (Lanteira, Granada). 

The 1st stage of the IV archaeological excavation at "Pago del Jarafí" started

Last monday started the first stage of  the IV archaeological excavation campaign at "Pago del Jarafí"  (Lanteira, Granada). We will soon start guided visits and others news. Stay tuned!

Cultural activity program "Pago del Jarafí" archaeological excavation

Cultural activity program "Pago del Jarafí" archaeological excavation (Lanteira, Granada). What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Lara Delgado successfully defends her PhD thesis on cultural landscapes in Andalucía

Last June 2, 2017 Lara Delgado successfully defended her doctoral thesis on Management, communication and social participation in the cultural landscapes of Andalusia. The case of the project MEMOLA and receives the grade of cum laude.

With the author's words:

In this PhD thesis we exposed the evolution of different fundamental aspects, from the concept of heritage to the development of Archaeology and Museology, through communication and participation strategies and finally the normative framework, in term of cultural and environmental facets. All this has served to frame the case study of the MEMOLA project in relation to the archaeological analysis of cultural landscapes and in regards to the participation of local communities and general public.

This study has focuses on the study areas of Cáñar, Lugros and Lanteira, rural villages located in the south and north faces of Sierra Nevada. The work with local stakeholders has been arranged from two different perspectives. The first, and most important, has been the recovery of historical irrigation systems. The second, that came next, focused around an archaeological site. From these approaches we have generated a wide range of different activities and resources of communication and participation.

The goal was to replicate the methodology in different municipalities, with the local communities involved in the recovery of an asset, such as irrigation ditches, to diagnose possible repeating patterns. From this perspective, we applied, as far as possible, this methodological approach to an archaeological site as well. We have had three years of field work that allowed us to compare different effects and relationships between community-heritage-territory, academy-institutions, academy-community, academia-administration-community or administration-community-territory. These accomplishments in the territory generated a wide range of activities that transcend the boundaries of the study areas, thus including adjacent municipalities and ranging from dissemination, education, socialization to public involvement and engagement with the MEMOLA project.

UNIPA participated in the International Conference Into the Woods

Giuseppe Bazan (UNIPA) presented “Human footprint into the woodland of Bosco della Foresta (Trapani Mountains, N-W Sicily)” in the International Conference: Into the Woods: overlapping perspectives on the history of ancient forests (Padova, 18-20th April 2017). The research, carried out by UNIPA and UGR team, analysed the trajectory of agro-ecosystem using vegetation as the key to interpretation. The dynamics of the landscape has been explained through an interdisciplinary dialogue between Botanical Science and Human History.

Call for contributions to the Workshop Paleosols Pedoarchaeology Cultural Landscapes

Aim of the workshop is to develop knowledge on the evolution of soil over time, considering environmental and climate changes and human history by integrating different scientific disciplines. Theoretical and practical activities of the workshop wish to stress the Important role of the methodologies and tool used by several research groups, verifying possible interactions and integrations in the perspective of a interdisciplinary approach still not well defined that could support different institutions in charge of the study, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. 

Download the programme in PDF.

1st Archaeological Excavation Campaign at Castello Eufemio (Sicily)

The MEditerranean MOuntainous LAndscapes Project, financed by European Commission FP-7 (#613265), is coordinated by José María Martin Civantos, associate professor and researcher at the Dept of Medieval History, Universidad de Granada (Spain). The project aims to apply an interdisciplinary perspective to study the evolution of Mediterranean mountainous cultural landscapes.

We announce the opportunity to participate in the 1st Archaeological Excavation Campaign, authorized by the Soprintendenza ai Beni Culturali e Ambientali di Trapani, at Castello Eufemio in Calatafimi Segesta (Trapani).

The castle is located at a calcareous summit (400 ft) and it controls all the current urban centre. The present village was developed to the East since the 16th-17th centuries, leaving the castle protected from this urban growth. The Castello Eufemio gives its name to the village: Qal’at Fîmî, that means Eufemio’s castle, and it appears in the Idrisi’s documents as a fortress with village annexed. In 1239 the castle becomes part of castra exempta of Federico II, i.e one of the castles controlled directly by the throne in their fight against Muslims. It remained this way until 1336 when the castle passes into the hands of different landowners. The castle will be converted into a prison from half of 17th century until 1868, when it was abandoned.

The excavations made at Castello Eufemio at the end of last century was focused on the restoration and conservation of the more recent structures. During this excavations different materials (pottery) from the 11th-12th centuries were located, confirming a possible occupation during that period. The main objective of our excavation will be the documentation of structures related to this chronology or to previous phases of the castle.

The MEMOLA partners that participate in the III excavation Campaign are:

  • University of Granada (Spain);
  • University of Sheffield (UK);
  • Arqueoandalusí Arqueología y Patrimonio S.L. (Spain)
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas–CSIC- Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma.
  • University of Palermo, C.I.R.I.T.A.- Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche sulla Interazione Tecnologia-Ambiente;

We also count with the collaboration of Calatafimi Segesta city council, that will provide logistical support, and of the association SiciliAntica, based in Castellammare del Golfo


This year the excavation will be organized in 2 turns of two weeks each:

  • July 3th-14th 2017
  • July 17th-28th 2017

Registration will be open until May 31st, 2017. It is necessary to send an email to:

Rocco Corselli ( including the following information:

  • Full updated Resume
  • Which turn you would like to participate
  • Indicate any food allergies.

Campaign details:

  • Participants will cover their travel costs.
  • Bring a sleeping bag and appropriate work outfit (clothes, footwear and gloves).
  • Due to the characteristics of the site it is advised to bring sun protection: cream and a hat.
  • Meals will be provided by the organisation from Monday through Friday: breakfast, lunch (at the excavation site) and dinner.
  • Working tools will be provided to all participants.
  • Volunteers must bring proof of accidental injury insurance, valid during the time of their participation at the excavation and a valid ID card.
  • The peculiarities of the terrain require good physical condition (the weather is extremely hot and the excavation conditions will be hard)
  • There will be parallel activities such as working with archaeological pottery and soil samples flotation
  • Work schedule will be from 7:30am to 3:30pm. The schedule could be modified depending on the weather conditions.
  • For all those who need it, a certificate of participation will be issued.