It has been two months since the last update… sorry. I was not expecting such a gap but when I’m not travelling seems a bit irrelevant to update boring desk work from home. However, now it makes a year since the fieldwork in Archaia Messene and I am finally putting together the data thanks to Pedro‘s help. The visitor study we did with the students from the University of the Peloponnese is still unfinished, as work keeps accumulating, but some of its outcomes are slowly coming out. One of them is the heat map of the image, where we can see those areas with a higher impact for visitors, where they not only pass by but also stop for photos, etc. There are other interesting details, like the low percentage of people that stops to read a panel. Hopefully the report will be ready this summer and I will of course upload it and share it. I have also kept conducting digital interviews… they are not the same but will save the situation. But one of the main tasks has been writing, and writing not just about some preliminary results, but other basic issues like the methodological and theoretical frame of the project. In this sense, I am particularly enthusiastic about a text where I propose a method to design and interpret archaeological heritage management models. It has been an idea I pursued for years now, and little by little all this will see the light. Anyway, I really hope READ MORE
This post is going to be short. The Covid-19 crisis has hit the project hard, but next week we will have reinforcements, and everything will get much better. A bit of good news for all. I kind of announced it before, but starting in April, we have with us a great addition: Pedro Antonio Suárez López
So, before the Covid-19 crisis started we were in Santiago, right back from my vacations and surgery, ready to start again with my crazy schedule of trips. As I told you a couple of days ago, this schedule is going to be deeply affected, but right now, let’s focus on the interesting things that happened during the last weeks.
Dear all… It’s been over a month since I last wrote and I have been planning to post something for the last couple of weeks without much luck or time. There are lots of exciting news concerning the project in February, but unluckily, we have some more urgent matters right now due to the quarantine during the Covid-19 crisis. Last Friday I had to run back home to pass these days and I will be working from here until this is over and we can move freely and safely again. In a few days I will post something prettier, but fot the moment I wanted to share a couple of FAQs:
And finally, after a more relaxed end of the year, I stopped…
A couple of months since I last wrote… sorry. It has been a really busy period moving back to Spain and keeping up with fieldwork, conferences and so on. Luckily, right now I am on ‘holidays’ for a month and will be able to focus and order things a little bit. Anyway, I wanted to use this post to greet the holidays and wish you all a great coming year.
My original plans for this month were to write three posts: the first one with the trip to Turkey and the end of September; a second with the main trips of October; and a third with the fieldwork in Thessaloniki and Preveza. I’ll do one now, and leave a second for the begining of next month. Why? Because I am finding it very difficult to sit down [or lay down like now] and write. I haven’t even opened Netflix these past weeks.
So, I came back to Athens and tried to work hard for a week… I finished some tasks, but work keeps piling and for every one I cross another couple appear. Why? Mainly because I travel too much. And I will come to that later. This year I had two missions before I leave Greece: Santorini [Akrotiri] and Dilos. After an unexpected trip to Dilos this month, both have been accomplished. Still so many things to visit around this amazing country, that I don’t really know how long would it take to actually see all I want to see. Anyway, I also had scheduled the visit to two former Yugoslav countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. It has been extremely tiring, due to lots of driving, but it was really worth and I not only learnt a lot, but enjoyed some amazing landscapes. And I will come to that later, yes. First I would like to comment on the complicated resolution of the war, just years ago, in the region. The Balkans are a very complicated area where religion and ethnicities mix up in a melting pot shaked by the results of the conflict, mainly in BiH. I have to admit I just knew some basics about the whole dymanics and when I arrived to Mostar my mind blew. Montengro is quite interesting as an example, stil under age [independent since 2006] is now in the process of conforming its own institutions properly. In the case of archaeology, for example, READ MORE
I really have the feeling less and less people take holidays in July and August anymore… traditionally out month for fieldwork it is now also a moment for more. In my case, I cannot really relax yet if I want to catch up on schedule, but I have to admit I am not in my best position right now and it is being quite difficult. Years ago I listened carefully to the classes by Almudena Hernando at University in Madrid. Now I am living them. But guess we need to carry on, so after crying a bit, here it goes the summary of last month… Once back from North Macedonia I needed to start preparing the next trip, as it has been by far the longest I have taken… almost three full weeks away from home with a conference and fieldwork in three countries. Next week I’m doing something close to that but in a week and without conference… I needed to visit Jordan, and when I saw the call for a conference on archaeological heritage management, conservation and tourism, I saw it clear. It was probably the best excuse to go. At the same time there were a couple of missing points in Israel and Palestine that I needed to address. It all made sense… almost as much as spending the first night in the airport to save some money. I am not 20 anymore, and this is probably one of the main conclusions I got from this trip. READ MORE
So, June finished and July came… and I had to leave French aside for a bit to focus on the last couple of weeks of Greek. Apparently I got my B1 with a really good grade, so now I can actually defend myself in a conversation. I don’t really feel very confident, but already had to do it and hell it worked. But this month, I have a better story… Some months ago Greece and North Macedonia reached a new historical agreement that left everybody unhappy. Prespa dealt with many issues, also with history, to settle what is hellenic and what is not… Just writing about this issue without any judgement can cost me several comments on social media and this is what makes it even more interesting. Until now I was quite in love with Greece, although never understood why they were so obsessed with their northern neighbours. Now I understand it better and came to the conclusion that they are acting like bullies in many sense. So, let’s get political. First of all, a little bit of historical context… because the conflict goes back to the fourth Century and they try to make very clear that the ‘real’ Macedonians where only in the south. Just reading the Wikipedia helps to see it. And it is not false. However, there is something more in identities than a classical tribe. Specially when during the greatest moment of this tribe the territory conformed parts of half a dozen current states. Anyway, READ MORE