From June 23rd to July 1st I was in Santiago de Compostela, where I took part in the first CHEurope’s Summer School. The school has been organised by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC/INCIPIT) and consisted in a series of seminars, practical fieldwork and visits, with the aim of approaching different contexts, ideas and critical perspectives on heritage.
A very important part of the school was dedicated to the ways of producing knowledge and to the methodologies for different investigations, in order to offer a support to our research work.
The School included also a field trip to A Pobra do Brollón, a small village South-East of Santiago de Compostela, where we discover the work of a community archaeology project called San Lorenzo. Accompanied by the archaeologists, we explore the Ribeira Sacra, a region famous for its century-long wine-producing tradition characterised by the terraced vineyards excavated on steep riverbanks of the river Sil. We first visited Vilachá de Salvadur and some of the hundred-year-old “bodegas”, the wine cellars in small buildings of stone. There we learn about the traditional wine production, the role it plays in the touristic development of the region and in the San Lorenzo project.
We then explore the archaeological site of the Hillfort, dating back to the I-II century A.D. The castrum was probably erected after the Roman conquest of the area, to host the workers active in the gold mines of the area.
Lastly, we visited Casa de Repil, a house used by guerrillas during Franco´s dictatorship. There, archaeological excavations were able to reconstruct the dynamics of a skirmish between the Guardia Civil and the four Republicans who were sheltered in the house in 1949.
CHEurope Summer School has been awarded the labelled of the “European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018” by the European Commission.
You can find more picture of the Summer School onCHEurope Instagram page. With this post I want to thank all those involved in the organisation of the event, they really made a magnificent job!