Researchers visualize 18 centuries of Galician history at the archaeological site of Adro Vello


The works of enhancement of the archaeological area of ​​Adro Vello show a very rich site where 18 centuries of Galician history are exposed. This emerges from the first results of this project promoted by the Xunta de Galicia in collaboration with the University of Vigo, which will be exhibited next Saturday at the conference Adro Vello. Past, present and future.

In this event, in which different specialists such as professors, archaeologists, researchers or anthropologists take part, the work carried out last summer by about twenty researchers in one of the most singular sites of Galician archeology in recent decades will be announced.

Thus, the appointment will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the opening of the conference and will continue at 11:15 a.m. with the report The archaeological heritage of O Grove beyond Adro Vello. In continuation, the arqueólogo Adolfo Fernández Fernández, the conservadora-restauradora Marta Lago, the antropóloga Olalla Costas and the geologo Jorge Sanjurjo hablarán del proyecto de Adro Vello, sus conservation problems, su necrópolis y de la methodology para la datación utilizada en los trabajos Ground.

At 1 p.m. it will be the turn of the round table The future of Adro Vello in which Avelino Ochoa, from the Civic and Cultural Association of Barlovento; Roberto Pena, head of the Archeology Service of the Xunta; Matilde González, consultant in cultural resource management, dissemination and interpretation of heritage; Fernando Carrera, professor at the School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, and Leonardo González, archaeologist and heritage manager.

Different lines of action

The project carried out in recent months by the Ministry of Culture aimed to intervene in the archaeological site of Adro Vello from different lines of action: archaeology, physical anthropology, conservation-restoration, geochronology and dissemination. For this, he began with a detailed cleaning of all the space to be able to record the structures that are in view thanks to photogrammetry. This cleaning also included the removal of fillers and other items.

This made it possible to interpret and date the construction phases and to record and diagnose the state of conservation of 65 walls and 106 tombs. In addition, the project also included the collection of samples and the study of sediments and remains, providing a much more complete reading of the occupation at Adro Vello. Thus, the results, still preliminary, show that it is a very rich archaeological area in which 18 centuries of Galician history can be visualized. It has been possible to recover information on the ancient Roman factory, an important sample of fish, fragments of mural painting, retaining walls, data on a large medieval ecclesiastical complex or structures of an ancient church, chapels and a bell tower.

BIC statement

The Xunta de Galicia has started the process of declaring the Adro Vello Archaeological Zone a Property of Cultural Interest (BIC) with the opening of the file, currently in progress, which involves the provisional application of the guardianship regime provided for in the Law on the cultural heritage of Galicia and, therefore, the immediate protection of the archaeological site of the town hall of O Grove.

Specifically, the declaration as BIC affects the area located on the edge of Sendero beach, in the parish of San Vicente del Mar, due to its scientific and cultural interest, as well as its historical and archaeological importance, which make one of the most unique archaeological assets of the Galician Community.

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