I’ve been promising a post about my archeology class for ages. Here it is.

There are pictures. Most of them are of class stuff, but some of them are just of Córdoba.

This was our second practical class. We walked to an empty lot in the center of the city, which turned out to have an excavation hidden behind the locked gates. It was finished a bit ago. I think the prof said that they’re now deciding whether the site is important enough to be saved somehow, or if it’s okay to build apartments on top of it.

Roman ruins are generally two to three meters down. The straight walls are part of a roman house; the circular holes are wells from the arab period. The sort of trough at the end of the picture is part of an aqueduct that fell.

My classmate Kona.

And, what I failed to convey in the previous picture: the narrow little gap between excavations that we were walking along. I think that it was an arab-era wall. Or maybe I made that up. At any rate, in this picture we have Ana, Cam, and Padric (left to right).

The class, currently at arabic-era-level.

The next week: we go to a house that was originally built in the middle ages that is currently having the modern layers taken off. These are not arches of medio punto; they’re the other kind, where the slope of the arch changes towards the base.
You can clearly see the alternating ladrillos y piedras (bricks and stones) that were only one of the many different architecture styles that were evident in this house. In the blurry bit further in you can vaguely see the bigger stones from a different era.

A guy scraping mortar out from the wall of one of the inner arches. Here you can see a different style of brickwork. When they’re done taking bits off, they’re going to stabilize the oldest bits, which will be incorporated into the entryway of the new building.

And now, a quick break from our regularly scheduled programming to show you the Iglesia de Santa Marina, a very pretty, quite large church with something architecturally interesting about it which I’ve now forgotten, which was only a block or so from the house.

The next week we had two theoretical practices, and then on the following Tuesday I forgot my camera. But then that Thursday we went to the museum of archeology.
This is not the museum.

This is the museum. Here you can see some swords (falcatas – traditional pre-roman iron swords; they were buried with their owners, but were bent first to discourage grave-robbing), some small statues, and early wheel pottery.

Various roman stuff. We learned that many of the statues recovered are headless because they were carved without heads, and then the client’s head was added later. This could be done with arms, too. The original Mr. Potato Head.
The museum itself was quite pretty, with traditional archy architecture and patio and stuff. Unfortunately this was right about the point where they told us that you couldn’t take pictures. Which was a shame, because the steps of the roman theater which cut through a bit of the museum were pretty darn cool.

Back outside the museum. It was in a very pretty patio.

For something completely different, I walk by this building three days a week to and from my bookbinding class. It think it’s pretty cool.



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8 responses to “Arqueología

  1. The last pic is something I walk by every day (as I live right behind San Pedro, the church near the art school) and which I desperately want/need to take a pic of!
    Also, it’s cool to read/see your archeología pics, because it reinforces stuff I should also be learning/knowing…so thanks for the review and the pics. I should start bringing my camera to class!

  2. Is that last pic a calligraphy shop with sample work posted all over the walls? or just someone setting out their thoughts for the world to see?

  3. Anonymous

    Thank you for posting the photos of your archaeology class…you know how I LOVE ruins. Very interesting bit about the swords being bent to prevent grave robbing. As if they couldn’t be unbent, but still very interesting.

    • Re: Ruins
      Yup! I kept thinking, I should take a picture of this for Teresa.
      I think that the swords might not be as strong after being unbent. Some of the straight ones in the picture were unbent (you can actually see the fold line in the one on the front left), but you could still see the lines. And while I don’t know much about forging swords, I have the impression that there’s a bit temperamental, so I don’t know how happy they’d be with being bent and unbent like elbows. And you certainly wouldn’t want your sword breaking in the middle of a fight because you were too cheap to buy a new one and stole it from somebody’s tomb instead . . .

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