The Department of Prehistory, Archaeology and Ancient History of the University of Valencia participated in the first European Archaeology Conference, an event involving more than 40 countries. The academic institution organised activities on June 14, 15 and 16: individual visits to Valencian sites, the exhibition “Dismantling the history of La Nau” and several workshops, both in the Faculty of Geography and History and in the Cultural Centre La Nau.
The planned visited Abric de la Quebrada (Chelva, region of the Serranos) a Neanderthal settlement with an occupation of 80,000 years, where you can see rests of fire and the structure of the site. The concentration was at the Tuéjar hospital, at 10 am. The same day, Sunday 16, between 11 am and 1:30 p.m., the city of Kelin was visited, which was inhabited for 7 centuries, and access to which also included a visit to the museum of Caudete de las Fuentes (Plana de Utiel-Requena), in which several pieces of the site are exposed.
The workshops were held at the Faculty of Geography and History (Friday 14, for pre-university students) and at the La Nau Cultural Centre (Saturday 15, with free access). At La Nau they were held between 10 am and 7 pm. The four workshops were Looking for wood, flowers and fruits, whose purpose was to recognise plants, their uses and knowing how to reconstruct their biography in a site and Let’s excavate a sailing ship, a proposal to bring underwater archaeology closer. In addition, the workshop What is archaeometry? showed applications of X-rays in archaeological materials (ceramics, bone, stone, paint...) and Understanding ceramics showed what information can be provided by the ceramic fragments with their analytical treatment.
Regarding the exhibition Dismantling the history of La Nau, it showed for the first time the results of the excavations carried out for the remodelling of the historic building of the University of Valencia in 1998. It could be seen between 10 am and at 7 pm.
The European Archaeology Conference has been organised by the National Institute of Preventive Archaeology Research (INRAP) in France since 2010. This year, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the intention was to share this goal with as many people as possible, for which the conference has been open in all European countries.
The conferences are an opportunity to raise awareness and familiarise the European public with Archaeology and its challenges. By means of original and festive events, families, students of all ages, people who are fond of History or who simply feel curious, could to know this discipline and archaeological heritage. In addition, the conference aims to contribute to the development of a common identity and to preserve the cultural differences that characterise a plural Europe.
Program of the first European Archaeology Conference: https://journees-archeologie.fr/c-2019/lg-es/Espana/Jornadas-Europeas-de-Arqueologia
The workshops of the Faculty of Geography and History, on Friday.