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Final Conference Eufemio Castle Archaeological Excavation

Next Thursday Final Conference about the archaeological excavation in the Eufemio Castle (Calatafimi-Segesta, Sicily)

The 1st stage of the Eufemio Castle Archaeological excavation finished

The 1st stage of the Eufemio Castle Archaeological excavation finished. Thank you to all volunteers. 

1st excavation campaign begins at Euphemius Castle (Calatafimi)

The first excavation campaign begins at the Castello Euphemius in Calatafimi Segesta (Trapani)! We will keep you informed about further developments

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)

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 (rocco.corselli@gmail.com) 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.

 

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: info@arqueoandalusi.com; 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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 1st, 2017

 

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.

UGR will participate at a conference in Granada

The University of Granada will present "Remote sensing applications in landscape historical analysis" by P. Romero Pellitero in the Forum: Dialogues on archaeology 7th Edition

Media coverage at Pizzo Monaco

Last week, in collaboration with Municipality of Custonaci, the TGR Mediterraneo reporters (Rai3) has visited the archaeological excavation at Pizzo Monaco.

Hydraulic survey and ethnographic interviews in Monti di Trapani

Arqueoandalusi and the University of Granada have began a new hydraulic survey campaign and ethnographic interviews in the study area of Monti di Trapani (Sicily)

The III Archaeological excavation "Pago del Jarafi" finished

Last Friday finished the III archaeological excavation campaign "Pago Del Jarfi" (Lanteira, Granada). Thank you to all volunteers!

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