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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!

Coloquio "Agua, sociedad, economía y medio ambiente en el territorio Alvelal"

El Ayuntamiento de Vélez Blanco y la Asociación Alvelal en colaboración con el la Universidad de Granada, el Ayuntamiento de Huéscar, Centro de Profesores de Cuevas y la Comunidad de Aguas de Mahimón de Velez Blanco han organizado el coloquio "Agua, sociedad, economía y medio ambiente en el territorio Alvelal" en Velez Blanco los días 29-39 de septiembre y 1 de octubre de 2017

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.

UGR will participate in a Seminar in Merida

Pablo Romero Pellitero will present "Approximation to the study of the historical agrarian Landscapes of Sierra Nevada (Granada) by Remote Sensing. The case of the MEMOLA project" in the seminar "Archaeology and society of agrarian spaces: finding the invisible people through the materiality of landscape" organise by Instituto de Arqueología-Mérida (CSIC-Junta de Extremadura)

4th Archaeological Excavation Campaign: Pago del Jarafí (Lanteira, Granada)

The MEditerranean MOuntainous LAndscapes Project, financed by European Commission FP-7 (nº 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. In September and October, 2014, the archaeological excavation started, at Pago del Jarafi (Lanteira-Granada). After obtaining great results, documenting numerous settlement structures, silos for grain storage and a necropolis, we are returning to Lanteira for a new excavation campaign.

The MEMOLA project partners that participate in this intervention are:

  • Universidad de Granada
  • Arqueoandalusí Arqueología y Patrimonio S.L.
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-CSIC-Escuela Española de Arqueología en Roma

We also count with the collaboration of Lanteira city councils¡, that will provide the necessary infrastructure to host the volunteers.

This year the excavation will be organized in 2 turns of 10 days each:

  • september 4th-15th
  • september 18th-29th


There is a limit of 20 volunteers for each turn. It is necessary to register by sending an email to:; Subject: JARAFÍ, including the following:

  • Updated Resume
  • Turn in which you would like to participate
  • Indicate any food allergies.
  • proof of accidental injury insurance
  • Only one CV will be accepted in each email received, the email must correspond to the person who sends the CV.



Campaign details:

  • Housing will be in a house given by the municipality of Lanteira, near to the excavation site.
  • 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 hat. Also winter clothes will be needed.
  • Meals will be provided 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.
  • Complementary activities such as, working with archaeological ceramics and soil sample flotation will be held.
  • Work schedule during the excavation will be from 8am to 3pm. The schedule could be modified depending on weather conditions.
  • For all those who need it, a certificate of participation will be issued.

Historical channels assoc. celebrated it 1st assembly

Last saturday the Historical Channels association celebrated it 1st assembly with the collaboration of MEMOLA project. 20 irrigators communities from Granada and Almeria took part

Ortega Santos and the community management

Last Tuesday Ortega Santos (UGR) presented "Looking at natural resources community management. Environmental Knowledge in Europe and America, during the 20th Century" at the EURAME seminar

González Nóvoa and the ecosystem services

Last week José González Nóvoa (UAM) presented "The framework of Ecosystem Services: A tool to socio-ecological analysis and planning of the territory" at the EURAME seminar cycle.

Anual cleanliness of Barjas channel in Cáñar

The University of Granada will collaborate in the anual cleanliness of Barjas channel in Cáñar(Granada) with the local irrigators community.