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The archaeological excavation at the site of Magjerice (Rapcke) continuous

Since the 15th of August CeRPHAAL is conducting the 2nd season of archaeological excavation at the site of Magjerice (Rapcke), Permet.

MEMOLA meeting in Vjosa Valley (Albania)

This year the ‪MEMOLA‬ meeting was in ‪Përmet‬ (‪Albania‬). Thank you ‪CeRPHAAL‬, our friends Ardit, Egla and Stavri for hosting and introducing us to the beautiful ‪Cultural‬ ‪Landscapes‬ of ‪VjosaValley‬.

CeRPHAAL will participate at the Conference in Zadar (Croatia)

Zadar, Croatia, conference event happening between 11th - 13th February 2016. Conference topic: Transformation of Adriatic Europe 2nd - 9th Cent.

Ardit Miti (CeRPHAAL partner) will present a paper on Thursday, 11th February in the session: Regional Trends for Late Roman and Early Medieval Landscapes’ Transformations (Rural).

Paper title:Continuity and Changes in the Rural Landscape of the Upper Vjosa Valley during Late Roman and Early Medieval

Pedological study of the stratigraphic layers at the site of Magjerice - Albania

Pedological sample of the stratigraphic soil layers were undertaken during excavation at the site of Magjerice, Upper Vjosa Valley, by University of Palermo & CeRPHAAL.

MEMOLA participates at the Conference EAA Glasgow 2015

MEMOLA project organized the session "Mediterranean mountainous landscapes: historical agrosystems, identity and heritage" by J.M. Martín Civantos and A. Chavarría Arnau in the European Association of Archaeologist21st Annual Meeting in Glasgow (UK)

In this session participated the MEMOLA partners:

- The University of Granada, Arqueoandalusí Arqueología y Patrimonio S.L. and the University of Sheffield  presented "Pizzo Monaco: the formation of a new social landscape in Sicily (Italy) " by J.M. Martín Civantos; M.T. Bonet García and R. Corselli. 

- The University of Granada presented "Seeding water up high in the mountains...Peasant productive logics in Sierra Nevada since the Islamic period (Granada-Almería, Spain) " by  J.M. Martín Civantos .

- CeRPHAAL presented "Legacy and reflections in the historical landscape of the Upper River Vjosa Valley (SE Albania) " by E. Serjani and A. Miti.

- The University of Padova presented "Archaeology, landscape and hydraulic technology in the Euganean Hills and the plains of the south-east of Padua" by J. Sarabia Bautista

Also Arqueoandalusi Arqueología y Patrimonio S.L  and the University of Granada presented "Dissemination the MEMOLA Project " by M.T. Bonet García.; L. Delgado Anés and J.M. Martín Civantos at the session "Communicating Archaeology: Communicating Landscapes"

 

MEMOLA organise a session in the EAA Glasgow 2015​

On Friday MEMOLA project organize the session "Mediterranean mountainous landscapes: historical agrosystems, identity and heritage" by J.M. Martín Civantos and A. Chavarría Arnau in the European Association of Archaeologist21st Annual Meeting.

In this session will participate the MEMOLA partners:

- The University of Granada, Arqueoandalusí Arqueología y Patrimonio S.L. and the University of Sheffield  will present "Pizzo Monaco: the formation of a new social landscape in Sicily (Italy) " by J.M. Martín Civantos; M.T. Bonet García and R. Corselli. 

- The University of Granada will present "Seeding water up high in the mountains...Peasant productive logics in Sierra Nevada since the Islamic period (Granada-Almería, Spain) " by  J.M. Martín Civantos .

- CeRPHAAL will present "Legacy and reflections in the historical landscape of the Upper River Vjosa Valley (SE Albania) " by E. Serjani and A. Miti.

- The University of Padova will present "Archaeology, landscape and hydraulic technology in the Euganean Hills and the plains of the south-east of Padua" by J. Sarabia Bautista

 

 

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.

Day of Archaeology in the MEMOLA project

Friday was the Day of Archaeology. 

The MEMOLA project presented the work undertaken at its four study areas by project partners.

  • EAP: Maurizio Toscano, MEMOLA project technology manager, works on the finishing touches of the new Activities page of project website. This section collect all actions taken in the last 18 months, organised across the several disciplines involved in our research.
  • Vjosa Valley (Albania): CeRPHAAL team, partner of MEMOLA project, working with the mapping and analyzing of the traditional hydraulic systems recorded during the field survey of May- June undertaken in the territory of the Upper Vjosa Valley, where are included the irrigation channels, water-powered mills, reservoirs, water pumping stations, etc. At the same time, we are evaluating the historic and current land use and parcelization based on field and historical data.
  • Sierra Nevada (Spain): The University of Granada team, a MEMOLA partner,  is processing the archaeological data revealed during the excavations of “Pago del Jarafi” (Lanteira, Granada-Spain). During the first excavation campaign, which was in October of 2014, we documented a medieval quartier of Lanteira. Four sondages were opened uncovering a big house, four silos and an Islamic cemetery.
  • Colli Euganei (Italy): University of Padova team, partner of MEMOLA project, working on historical maps, aerial photography and LIDAR to rebuild the historical landscape of the Colli Euganei hills (Italy) in a GIS platform. In this GIS platform they upload the information from different archaeological fieldwork like the Hydraulic survey back in February, that allowed them to locate numerous water mills and analyse their architectural features. All this information is used to understand the evolution of the Colli Euganei Cultural Landscape.
  • Monti di Trapani (Italy): The Day of Archaeology in the MEMOLA study area of Monti di Trapani (Sicily-Italy). The University of Granada, The University of Sheffield and Arqueoandalusí Arquelogía y Patrimonio S.L  are currently working in the excavation of Pizzo Monaco (Custonaci, Trapani).  The University of Palermo is involved with soil sampling for  pedological analysis, while the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma-CSIC is working with the flotation of stratigraphic soils taken at various occupation levels defined during the excavation.  A number of international students, coming mostly from Spain and Italy are participating in the excavation. The first excavation of the MEMOLA project at the site of Pizzo Monaco took place in October and November of 2014 and was authorized by the Soprintendenza ai Beni Culturali e Ambientali di Trapani. During this activity we excavated four cells and the main entrance of a fortified structure, identified as a possible collective granary from Islamic times (10th?-11th centuries). After the results of archaeological excavation and archaeobotanical and environmental analysis, the site was interpreted as a possible collective fortified granary (aghadir) dated in the Islamic period (10th?-11th century).

MEMOLA project participates in the Day of Archaeology 2015

MEMOLA project participates in the Day of Archaeology 2015, promoted among others by the European project NEARCH. The Day of Archaeology aims to provide a window on the daily lives of archaeologists from around the world. The project asks people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate recording their day and sharing it on their website to the public. From the MEMOLA project we support this initiative as a way to publicise the work we daily do in the four study area.

Vjosa Valley - Ethnographic study 1st phase

The first phase of the ethnographic and ethno-archaeological study was extended in a series of villages of the Upper Vjosa Valley. A number of interviews were conducted with the elderly people of the valley aiming at collecting information on their past and current ways of life, focusing particularly on their productive and service activities, construction typologies, communication, economy, behaviors, etc. Also, a specific attention was dedicated to the study of the ethnical, cultural and linguistic Vlahos community, a nomadic minority group, which has been historically related to the area. 

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