Murcia

Monte Miravete: 19th century miners-farmers communities at Murcia (Spain). An Art-Archaeology project.

Hello everybody!

I am JoseAnt. Mármol from the fieldwork at Monte Miravete site at Torreagüera (Murcia, Spain). Here we are looking for identify the remains of the mining activity of the local farmer communities, their ‘hidden face’. The site contains 100 structures (mainly gypsum kilns) and 35 quarries, making the site one of the most big archaeological site in all the entire Murcia region with the best known remains of this activity in Spain. We are working with a chronology dated back to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

This campaign we have been surveying around 23 structures and 10 quarries, and the next week we will start the excavation of one of them, the structure MMIR-E1089, which seems to be a former quarry with a kiln associated with it, later transformed into a space for storage or living. One of the aims for this excavation is to know more about the chronology and temporal phases of the site, especially before the 19th century. Will we find something medieval? That’s our dream for now!

 

The research of this site lets us know more about the farmers communities of Murcia, who represent the origins of the very identity of this region. But, the understanding of the suffering of these farmers climbing up to make lime for its houses and facilities, helps us relate to the current children lime miners in India, for example. This is a reflection also for contemporary world about the unsustainable exploitation of the landscape and the human capacity to transform and survive.

We are not only seeking for archaeological data. Since our team is an interdisciplinary young team and we don’t have so much economical support, we can be so creative as we want. So, we have done archaeological ethnography, poetry, artistic works with and at the site, and a long list of interesting papers and crazy interpretation of the site.

Maybe this is the unique project in Spain with an strong interest in developing an Art-Archaeology approach.

Our team is composed by: JoseAnt. (creative archaeologist), Manu (prehistorian interested in cinema), Javi (archaeo-botanist), Martín (interested in contemporary history), and some volunteers who will come the next week.

Here you can see a short video of the 2016 campaign:

 

Happy summer and enjoy the 2017 DAY OF ARCHAEOLOGY!!!

Best regards,

JoseAnt. Mármol

 

 

Monte Miravete project – 19th century Archaeology in Murcia (Spain).

Hi everybody,

Monte Miravete Project is a project based on the study of a 19th century forgotten remains. Nobody took a look at this site, where we have found more than 84 structures and 27 quarries of the mining in the region, which was important to the maintenance of the traditional lifestyles in the so-called La Huerta. Here we mix immaterial and material Heritage, and also the use of ethnographic data by the old people of the town of Torreagüera and the archaeological method of survey.

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In addition to this, we have started a dissemination campaign, because we are carrying out the project under own our money, without more support than that given by Cajamurcia Foundation to the dissemination of the project.

To study these structures is essential to exploit the sporadic tourism in the area represented in the walkers and hikers, and also to protect the remains which are in high danger of disappearance.

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To preserve the remains to show to the young people and local communities, and to recover the experiences of the old people who lived there is to create consciousness about the Past and the memory of past experiences. Last but not least, to create a new framework to develop projects of Contemporary Archaeology or Archaeology of Contemporary Past is very interesting in this project.

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In our first campaign, this survey runs until the 20th of August. Come on!

Thank you!

José A. Mármol

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Archaeo-drome project. Being teachers to be archaeologists!

Hi everybody,

It’s a pleasure to join Day of Archaeology 2016. Today I wish to share our project in Murcia (Spain), the Archaeodrome. This is a project based on the excavation of a site with teens, kids and people of the local communities, in order to engage young people in Archaeology labours. Also it is useful for us, young archaeologists without jobs, to be archaeologists but through being teachers.

We do this every summer, in July, in collaboration with the Murcia City Council, Cepaim foundation, and La Estación communitarian center, and also with our association Arqueología de Guardia.

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This year 2016 an amount of 15 young people participated in the Archaeodrome excavation, as you can see in the pics. Further, it helps me to develop creative practices in the context of an archaeological excavation, thinking theoretical and practically in Creative Archaeology and the blurring of the frontiers between Art and Archaeology.

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See you!

Best regards,

José A. Mármol