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CeRPHAAL, Regional Education Office of Përmet, and “Sami Frashëri” high school visiting the Vlahos dwelling. The guided tour was joined by one of the elderly people of the Vlahos community, who through his stories, encouraged children’s curiosity on various aspects of the past ways of life of this Upper Vjosa Valley historic nomadic community.


CeRPHAAL, Regional Education Office of Përmet, and “Nonda Bulka” elementary school organizing an educative site visit at the Vlahos dwelling. During the visit, children learned about the construction elements and technique of the dwelling as well as on various aspects of the past life of this historic nomadic community of the Upper Vjosa Valley.

In September- October, CeRPHAAL in collaboration with the University of “Aleksandër Xhuvani”, Elbasan, undertook a non-systematic archaeological survey, which covered the territories on the southern part of the Upper River Vjosa Valley.

During October, CeRPHAAL in collaboration with the University of “Aleksandër Xhuvani”. Elbasan, carried out the first excavation season at the site of Magjerice, located in the region of Përmet, in the Upper Vjosa Valley. The excavation uncovered stratigraphic layers containing artifacts remains dated probably to the Late Roman and Roman period.  Also, a naturally carbonized wheat deposit was found below a demolished roof-tile layer.

During October 2015, CeRPHAAL, in collaboration with the municipality of Përmet, students from “University of “Aleksandër Xhuvani”, Elbasan, and volunteers from the Vlahos community of the Valley, constructed an historical Vlahos dwelling, locally known as Kalidhe or Kalive.

Cultural thematic routes

The project incorporates the development of cultural routes in the four areas of study, as a strategic activity to combine strategies to protect local cultural heritage, enhance social awareness and have a positive impact on the social and economical tissues and identify ecosystem management strategies that prevent environmental degradation. The following Cultural Routes have the goal to build capacity for local communities and stakeholders, defining different possibilities that could be attractive for them.


A. Miti, researcher at CeRPHAAL, held a seminar at the University of Granada about the characteristics of the archaeological rural landscape Upper Vjosa Valley during the Early Middle Age.

Seminars and workshops

Seminars and workshops are an essential part of the consortium approach to scientific research. We use them to involve professionist, private companies, organizations, local and regional policy makers over agriculture, territorial planning, rural development and cultural heritage, sharing differente working techniques and specific methodologies. The practical side of these activities let us embrace very different fields, from advanced IT tecniques to tradtional skills and know-how, adding often an important socioeconomic value.



MEMOLA partners’ participate in numerous conferences organized by project members as well as other scientific meetings of local or international level. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, interventions cover areas such as history and archeology, agronomy, soil science, botany, anthropology, heritage protection, citizen participation, education, land use planning and natural resources management.



Since antiquity, agriculture has had a significant impact on ecosystems in the Mediterranean basin, where water and soil resources are limited. Thus, to understand the current cultural landscapes, resulting from the sustainable interactions between people and nature, it is necessary to investigate the historical use and management of these resources.