Myth, science and community: The archaeological project of San Lourenzo hillfort (Galicia, Spain)

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Abstract

Every night a saint flees the Parish church of Cereixa, a small hamlet in Atlantic Europe. It rushes back to its home, upon the hillfort of San Lourenzo, an Iron-Age fortified settlement. Despite having been Christianized in the Middle Ages, the hillfort is still home to mythical dwellers – the mouros (moors). In 2016 the villagers of Cereixa decided to restore and research this archaeological site. This article reviews the crucial role played by community archaeology throughout this particular process of heritage empowerment. Our work-team’s strategy draws on popular religion, folklore, and traditions to test the powers of science, and to provide a tourist resource that can foster local development while consolidating identity references. This paper includes some reflections on the methods of community management as part of an alternative and counter-hegemonic model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Community Archaeology & Heritage
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020

Keywords

  • Galician culture
  • ethnoarchaeology
  • empowerment
  • Identity Building
  • emotional archaeology

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