Busy Days, Great Discoveries

WOW! What an incredible week we have had. It’s hard to believe that so much has happened in such a short span of time.

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Objects in Storage

Monday the 10th was a traveling day because had an interview in Ubrique with some women who were grandchildren of victims of the Franco period. When we spoke with one of them, Ana María, she agreed that we should try to find the objects from the dig she worked on about eight years ago. The last they were seen was in 2007 at the Museo Histórico Municipal de Villamartín (The Municipal Museum of History in the town of Villamartín).

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Our Trip to Villamartín and Ubrique

On Monday, Team Cádiz travelled to Villmartín and Ubrique, two charming little towns in Andalucía.  We rented a car to get there (which was quite a adventure in and of itself) and had a very busy, wonderful day!

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Learning to Document Objects

An important first step in this process of gathering stories and archiving images of documents was learning how to photograph them. We started this stage back in Williamsburg in March.

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Objects of Remembrance in Spain

In the 1930’s Spain was experiencing a civil war the result of which was the victory and subsequent repressive dictatorship of Francisco Franco, lasting from 1939 to 1975. My time spent in Cádiz, Spain last summer made it clear that, though Franco had died, there were some lingering wounds and memories that some people did not want to think about anymore. Last Fall Professor Cate-Arries taught a seminar on Franco’s Ghosts, wherein we studied the expressions of power and resistance left behind by both the regime and the victims, as well as the current efforts to recover memory of the period. One way to recovery memory is through objects—objects that belonged to victims, objects from the period, objects from specific events, and many more that aid and symbolize remembrance for survivors.

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