The Community of Madrid presents the sixth edition of its educational program Archaeologists for a day, which will be held between June 26 and September 26. This initiative, developed in collaboration with the town councils of Alcalá de Henares and Hoyo de Manzanares, is carried out within the framework of the Heritage Education Plan of the Community of Madrid with the aim of promoting the transmission of heritage concepts and values and making it known the research and conservation work carried out around the historical heritage.
More than 11,100 people have participated in the five previous editions . On this occasion, a total of 1,352 free places are offered for children, between 8 and 14 years of age , accompanied by adults who want to know first-hand the techniques of action at a site . This intergenerational learning program will develop a complete archaeological process, from its location to the delivery of materials to the museum.
Participants actively work on all aspects of archaeological discipline, for an approximate time of two and a half hours.
With Archaeologists for a Day , the regional government intends that the people of Madrid feel the archaeological heritage as something of their own, and thus learn to take care of it and enjoy it, while learning about this work.
In addition, in 2021 a pilot experience is being developed with schoolchildren in the municipality of Hoyo de Manzanares, to assess a possible introduction of the program in the offer of activities for schools and institutes in the Community of Madrid in future editions.
The development of this activity will take place in the Roman city of Complutum, in Alcalá de Henares and in the archaeological site of La Cabilda, in Hoyo de Manzanares, and will have all the security measures according to the conditions established in Order 572/2021 , of May 7, of the Ministry of Health, to make it a safe activity.
To participate in the program it is necessary to pre-register, from June 15 at 10 a.m., through the following website: www.comunidad.madrid/cultura/patrimonio-cultural
A day among archaeologists
The activity begins with a half-hour visit to the sites, and to the Casa de los Grifos in the case of Alcalá de Henares. There the most interesting aspects of the preserved remains are shown and the excavation process of the archaeological remains is explained.
Next, the participants go to the excavation recreated for this purpose, which allows all of them to work simultaneously. When they finish this phase, they work with the extracted sediment, in tasks of labeling, documentation, photography and drawing of the most important remains, as well as archaeological tasks and techniques, the tools that are used and how the different multidisciplinary teams work in a excavation.
At the end, the materials are processed, dating and classifying the remains; plant and fauna remains are identified; The restoration process of the extracted ceramics is simulated, and the samples are prepared for their analysis in the laboratory to finish by explaining the process of depositing materials. Based on the experience acquired throughout the workshop, a final interpretation of the site is carried out.
The Roman city of Complutum and the House of the Griffins
Located in the plain of the river Henares, Complutum, origin of the current Alcalá de Henares, was one of the main Roman cities in the interior of Spain. With about 50 hectares of extension, the forum occupied the center, following the traditional arrangement of Roman cities. The buildings with administrative, judicial, commercial and religious functions were located around it.
The House of the Griffins, one of the most outstanding buildings in the city, was destroyed as a result of a fire around 215 AD In the interior instances, almost all the decorative paintings have been preserved, in which architectural representations, hunts, divinities and mythological beings, such as the pair of taps that give the house its name.
The archaeological site of La Cabilda
For its part, the archaeological site of La Cabilda is located in the recreational area of the same name, in a natural space next to the urban nucleus of Directorate General of Media – Puerta del Sol, 7. – 28013 Madrid – 91 580 20 70 firstname.lastname@example.org – www.comunidad.madrid facebook.com/comunidadmadrid twitter.com/comunidadmadrid Hoyo de Manzanares, which is 37 kilometers from Madrid and is part of the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares Regional Park.
It is a living site, which is excavated every year and from which archaeologists, with the collaboration of volunteers, bring to light in each campaign new data that help to better understand what life would be like in this Visigoth village dating back to the 7th century AD The structures found in the site were built using local materials: granite from the surrounding quarries, holm oak beams, and green or tile roofs, with decorations made with a comb allowing it to be dated.