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Rewriting a Medieval Battle 900 Years After: The Battlefield of Alcalá la Vieja
Start Date: 3/15/2018Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 3/15/2018End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description
Dr. Mario Ramírez Galán
Universidad de Alcalá, Spain/University of Portland

The battle of Alcalá la Vieja (1118) took place 900 years ago in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and we decided to carry out an investigation with the purpose of locating the combat area. Throughout our research, we noticed several mistakes in the written sources and these findings gave us the opportunity of proposing a new theory about the battle development, using Geographic Information Systems.
We carried out a study of the terrain based on landscape archaeology. The relationship between the environment and the archaeological site is very important, but even more in battlefield archaeology because the landscape is the archaeological site itself. It was necessary analyzing visibilities, distances and optimal paths to gain a complete knowledge of the military engagement and rewriting the battle of Alcalá la Vieja.
Our final goal is to carry out a geophysical survey next summer in order to get the archaeological remains which will reinforce our theory.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Reyna Meyers
Phone: 503-370-6615
Email: rmeyers@willamette.edu
Battlefield
Admission / Ticket Info:
This event is free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

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