Battle Campus

AMTTA’s #DayofArch (A Short English version)

*This is a summary of our post in Spanish for non-Spanish readers

When we decided to join Day of Archaeology, we felt we needed to do something special. AMTTA was born in 2007 to try dignify our sector, so we spended four years drafting a labour agreement for Madrid… that adventure failed (at least as we programmed it), so we put a larger effort in our outreach activities and other objectives.

Among them, our star project for the coming years was ‘Combates por la Historia‘ (Combats for History). We aimed to create and promote different routes in order to value and socialuze hidden, forgotten and destroyed heritage in Madrid. The first of the routes is ‘Campus de Batalla’ (Battle Campus) about the remains of the fights in Ciudad Universitaria during the Spanish Civil War. We used the information of the research conducted in 2008 [see blog of the team]. The only remaining memory of the conflict is the one represented by the fascist monuments in Moncloa and the Campus. Nobody wanted to recover the memory of the conflict itself, so we decided to use the materials available (as some of our members take part in the research group) and do it ourselves as a starting point for our project.

This is what we presented the 29th, the project and the route, with a guided tour to the 7 points we chose and the placement of several posters with info of each point.

En el punto 4


[You can follow the route in images here]

In the afternoon, we participated in a round table about heritage and the crisis, organized by a platform we joined this month, Madrid Ciudadanía y Patrimonio, showing our worry about the moral and economic crisis that is affecting archaeology after the ‘building boom’ of the 90s and 20s. In this context, we wanted to introduce a debate about a new law that the regional government of Madrid is planning, which lives the door open to the destruction of cultural (especially archaeological) heritage [see news in Spanish]. Once again heritage is the victim of negligent politicians.

[see photos of the event here – by MCyP]

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See you next year!


Such a boring life… or not, just normal

When I wrote last year’s post I had the feeling that my life was not as exciting as others. This year I kind of confirm it, but at least, once again, I think I’ve been doing different, normal stuff. So, what was my day today?

I still keep my company open, but one month ago I had to leave the office to adjust expenses. Today is the day I finished moving! I now have internet again and air conditioning (at home, my new office for the moment). For that, I was the whole morning with the technician talking about all the shit in the world… even the world of archaeology.


Furniture from former JAS Arqueología’s office stored in my village…


I also had to attend a couple of clients from the editorial and run to my parents’ home to prepare lunch and take care of my grandad. Meanwhile, my partners from AMTTA (contribution soon online too) were presenting out latest project; ‘Combates por la Historia’ (Combats for History), to show and socialize hidden and destroyed heritage in Madrid through different routes, the first one, Campus de Batalla (Battle Campus) about the Civil War front in Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid.

Anyway, the afternoon was a bit more archaeological… After lunch I continued editing the next book from my editorial, the second by Riccardo Frigoli. A great essay on archaeology, interpretation and communication. But it was not for long, as I had to attend the second event with AMTTA, the general annual meeting of Madrid Ciudadanía y Patrimonio, an association we joined to continue fighting for heritage. And after that a round table about Heritage and the Crisis.


During the round table


The round table was quite interesting, as we mostly talked about two important issues:

-The crisis: Not only economic, but moral. How besides the economic difficulties, heritage was always in the middle of a general disinterest that was harmful for heritage.

-The new law projected in Madrid for Historical Heritage: Suddenly, maybe due to the possibility of hosting Eurovegas, the regional government has written a draft for a new law that is negligent and goes against any principle we might share as professionals.
[If fluent in Spanish, see the text and our comments here]

Now I came back home, I had some chinese for dinner and am writing this. The day is over and this time I’m not traveling anywhere soon, so every day this week will be pretty similar, pretty boring.

btw I’m Jaime Almansa-Sánchez