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2nd Seminar of the University network of environmental history (RUEDHA)

2nd Seminar of the University network of environmental history "Dialogues of Environmental knowledge from the (in) sustainability". Organized by  "Red de Estudios sobre Sostenibilidad, Patrimonio Participación, Paisaje y Territorio", "La Red de Investigación Saberes Instituyentes"  and  "Spin-Off Paréntesis Natural" with the collaboration of MEMOLA project. 

MEMOLA team moderated two panel: "Biocultural Memory, Cultural Landscapes and Natural Resources Management"  and "Agrosystems management and conservation: relience strategies".  Also participated in this panels:

José María Martín Civantos, MEMOLA coordinator, presented "MEMOLA project: an interdisciplinary approach to the mediterranean agro-landscapes".

Margarita García Vila, University of Cordoba, presented "Resilience strategies of the irrigated agrosystemse" .

José Francisco Ruiz Ruiz, University of Granada,  presented "David vs Goliath: historical irrigation systems in the European water directive". 



Community archaeology laboratory

MEMOLA project, in collaboration with the Association Alba Nuova, set a meeting of community archaeology laboratory to analyse some aspects of the traditional agricultural landscapes in Trapani. 

Cleaning Barjas irrigation channel

Cáñar Irrigators Community and the volunteers clean Barjas medieval irrigation channel. Its maintenace is crucial to reactivate the agrarian production.

International Mountain Day

MEMOLA project participated in the International Mountain Day celebrations.

On 11 December it carried out an activity related to the recovery of the memory of water in a town called Cáñar in the Alpujarra (Granada-Spain). For them, 11 December served to collaborate with the Community of Irrigators of the town of Cáñar, in recovering the traditional distribution system of irrigation. This system of water management has been key to the proper functioning of the irrigation system of Cáñar for centuries, however, it has been falling into oblivion and disuse since a few decades.

This activity, of an intangible heritage and great importance, is vital for the maintenance of cultural landscape of Alpujarra and for the recovery of traditional mountain agriculture. During the activity the older farmers explained to the younger ones how the distribution of water worked, known locally as the "Office". Every night a distribution was made, during the driest months, and allowed the existing water to be shared in a controlled and fair way. This type of traditional knowledge is at the basis for a sustained dialogue that local communities have established with the mountains for centuries. The disappearance of mountains would have disastrous ecological and anthropological consequences.

MEMOLA participated at the Conference "The persistence memory of living on historical landscapes"

On Friday the University of Granada presented "The persistence memory of water in the Mediterranean landscapes" by J.M. Martín Civantos, MEMOLA coordinator. On Saturday the University of Sheffield and Arqueoandalusí Arqueología y Patrimonio presented the poster "Hydraulic landscape of the territory of Trapani (MEMOLA Project)" by Rocco Corselli and Mª Teresa Bonet García.

Soil samples were started in the area of the Colli Euganei (Italy)

Soil samples were started in the area of the Colli Euganei. Dr. Cristiano Nicosia and students from the University of Padua made coring of land in the orchards and vineyards of the Monastery of Praglia. The goal is to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental sequence and land use of the landscape created with the founding of the monastery in the eleventh century

Visits of the traditional irrigation channel of Lanteira (Granada)

Arqueoandalusí. Arqueología y Patrimonio visited the traditional irrigation channel of Lanteira (Granada) with the Local Irrigator Community . This visit we will allow to prepare the field work "the recovery of traditional irrigation channel" in April with the High School Emilio Muñoz students.

Research on cultural landscapes of the Euganean Hills. Laboratory of Remote Sensing

The October 26, the UNIPD partner has conducted a laboratory of landscape archaeology through the techniques of Remote Sensing (aerial photo, LiDAR) with the students of the IIS Euganeo at Este. In the lab the students have known the usefulness of the images from remote sensing techniques for the study of cultural landscapes.

After a brief introduction on the objectives of the MEMOLA project  at the Euganean Hills, we have explained how to analyze LiDAR images. The students, in groups of 4, have compared historical and current aerial photos with LiDAR, noting and marking on this images all the anomalies regarding the transformation of the landscape in the area (ancient watercourses, old viability, possible castles). Once analyzed they have presented to the rest of the class their findings.

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UGR participated in the JIA 2015 at Lisboa

The University of Granada‬ participated in the JIA 2015 VIII Young Researchers in Archaeology Conference at Lisboa with the poster "The Three-dimensional ‪‎archaeological‬ record in the MEMOLA project" by Pablo Romero Pellitero and José Caballero López,  and with the communication "‪Archaeology‬ & ‪Education‬: Bringing the ‪cultural‬ ‪landscapes‬ to ‪schools‬" by Lara Delgado Anés.

Aldeire School visited the archaeological excavation "Pago del Jarafí"

Arqueoandalusí. Arqueología y Patrimonio and the University of Granada held a guided tour for the Aldeire School Students to the ‪archaeological‬ ‪excavation‬ "Pago del Jarafí" at ‪Lanteira‬, ‪Granada‬.