Culture allocates more than 425,000 euros to 24 Spanish archaeological research projects abroad

The investment is part of the line of aid granted since 1999 through the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE) to promote archeology of excellence in the international arena. The projects have strengthened the presence of Spanish archeology abroad and have allowed the establishment of collaboration networks, both with local institutions and with specialized centers in other countries, working together in these enclaves.

Among the beneficiaries this year are highlighted research lines already consolidated in key sites in the history of Humanity, some of them linked to this aid program since its inception. Professor María Eugenia Aubet has been leading excavations in the Phoenician city of Tire in Lebanon since 2000. Miquel Molist's team has been investigating the birth of civilization in the region of the great rivers, between Syria and Turkey. Also outstanding are the advanced discoveries by Spanish teams in these two decades about the origin of humanity, in the African gorge of Olduvai, in Tanzania.

New advances in war archeology and colonial archeology

Together with excavations already consolidated, new lines of research are also opened and equipment that has advanced in recent years the field of archeology of war, with two pioneering and interdisciplinary projects: 'The Battle of Aljubarrota' in Portugal, in the scope of medieval archeology; and 'The steps of Hannibal in Italy', led by the Iberian archeology team of the University of Jaén, and which has transferred to Italy the methodology designed to know the movements of the Punic wars in Spain.

Another area of ​​great growth is colonial archeology, where Spain is a leader and promotes collaboration with countries with a Spanish presence, from America to the Pacific Islands. This call has also reactivated the contribution to excavations in ancient Egypt, in its large deposits that cover the long chronological sequence of one of the most important civilizations in history, from Thebes to Oxirrinco.

Twenty years promoting Spanish archeology abroad

For twenty years the Ministry of Culture and Sports has called this line of aid in competitive competition, through the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE). In these two decades, 3.2 million euros have been invested in more than five hundred prospecting and excavation campaigns worldwide that have contributed significantly to the research, training and dissemination of heritage.

In the last call, forty applications have been received for the development of archeological projects that cover almost all of international geography, with projects in twenty-three countries in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Near and Far East.

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