Wednesday, June 1st we left Madrid for Nájera. We stopped for lunch in a little town called Garray. We had lunch at a place called “El Denario.” The food there was wonderful. After lunch, we parted ways—Dr. Martínez and Jake went to Nájera to pick up John, and Sarah, Loissa, Scott, and I went to Numantia. Numantia is a Celt-Iberian site where there was a hill-fort the Romans tried to claim. The people of Numantia refused to follow Roman rule, and so the Romans placed them under siege for 14 months until the people of Numantia were starved out.
At the site, there were still remains of the original Numantian city, as well as the Roman rebuild. Also, there were two modern recreations of what the ancient houses would have looked like. The first house was a more typical Numantian style of house, while the other one had more Roman influences. The Roman style house had separate sleeping quarters, a more established oven for cooking, and an indoor area for animals. The Roman house was built using a loose-stone (no mortar) construction. The Numantian house was smaller, it did not have separate sleeping quarters, it had a small fire and chimney, and it had an outdoor place for animals. It was built using a wattle-and-daub technique (woven sticks), which was covered with mudbrick, and coated in plaster to protect from the rain. As we walked through the rest of the site, Scott pointed out to us the evidence of the older city as well as the evidence of Roman inhabitation.
When we left Numantia, we headed towards Nájera. When we got to Nájera, we unpacked. Then we headed to a local convenience store to get some food for dinner. While we were eating our dinner, we were approached by a cat that we have affectionately named Isadora, Dora for short. I really think I am going to love Nájera.