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!

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