Category Archives: Summer 2016 Fieldwork

A Survey of the Bridge

Today Mr. Frost (John) and I went to the heart of downtown Najéra down to survey locations we believe contain the foundation of the original bridge.
Located over the Najerilla river, the brigde was origionally built in the 12th century, then remade in 1880.
John and I began by setting up the total station at various markers lined along the river. From there, we used the total station as a point of refrence to locate what we believe to be the foundation of the old bridge.
By using the total station to mark key points of the bridge, we are able to log any data collected with hopes to eventually investigate the age of the blocks.
There seems to be a thin layer of concrete covering some of the original foundation of the bridge. This could indicate a sort of recycling or repair of the original 13th century blocks.
Now that the points have been stored, we now have the exact locations of what we believe to be the original foundation. This will help any future investigation of the bridge.Total Station Over Localization Point

First week of fieldwork — Part I

Hello!

Sorry for the long delay between posts — we’ll have more to come very soon. This has been a long and exhausting week for everyone on the project, but a very fruitful one.

What have we been up to? Well, one of our project goals is to document all standing medieval architecture in the area of Nájera, Spain. We began this last summer, and are continuing the work this summer.

Three areas in Nájera received attention this week. The first is Santa Lucia, an area to the south of the city where there is textual evidence of early settlement. There are remains of an interesting structure, of unknown function, on top of the hill that marks this area.

A bit to the north is the Castillo, or castle of Nájera. Much of the structure was destroyed after the 1520 peasants’ revolt known as the Revolt of the Comuneros. The local inhabitants rebelled against the government and fortified themselves in the aging castle. After their defeat, the Spanish authorities ordered the building demolished in order to discourage further seditious activities. However, there are some visible remains as one can see here:

Our survey and GIS specialist, John Frost, at the Castillo
Our survey and GIS specialist, John Frost, at the Castillo

The third area in the Nájera area is Malpica, the site of the former Jewish Quarter. There are several structures in this area, the largest of which is the northern wall, of which a considerable stretch is still visible:

Malpica North Wall
Jake Hayward setting up for photo of the North Wall of Malpica

In total we worked three days at the above sites. What were we doing? That’ll have to wait until the next post!