The CEM begins its 50th anniversary and the 40th of the excavations in Santa Margarida

150 years of archeology in Martorell

The Martorell Studies Center (CEM) celebrated this Thursday the event ‘150 years of archeology in Martorell’ at the Vicenç Ros Municipal Museum. The start of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the start of the scheduled excavations at the Santa Margarida site, which was completed last September, and the 50th anniversary of the creation of the CEM, which will be completed in 2022.

At the event, the audiovisual was presented 150 years of archeology in Martorell. From Francesc Santacana to the Martorell Studies Center (1871-2021), a collection of the local archaeological trajectory in this period, “from the collecting of Francesc Santacana, founding his Museum of the Tile, to the excavations of the CEM in Sant Bartomeu, in the place of the Church, the town Roman under the workshops of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, the excavations of Santa Margarida and Sant Genís de Rocafort ”, said Alfred Mauri, vice-president of the CEM.

Alfred Mauri, vicepresident del CEM

The CEM has paid tribute to Rosario Navarro, the current president of the organization, who joined the Santa Margarida excavations in 1981. Navarro was unable to attend, but the Martorell Museum technician, Montserrat Farreny, who was a student of the tribute at the University of Barcelona, ​​picked up the gift on her behalf.

Alfred Mauri, vicepresident del CEM

Mayor Xavier Fonollosa emphasized that “not all towns of our size are lucky enough to have an entity such as the CEM, which brings together scholars and academics, who collect historical information in all phases of the archaeological methodology for its subsequent cultural diffusion ”. “I am in love with history and knowing what used to happen in our house, so I am delighted that every year we can do more activities and that the information is available to everyone.”

Xavier Fonollosa, alcalde de Martorell

The entity has given the mayor a three-dimensional reproduction of a Romanesque capital recovered in Sant Genís de Rocafort on a small scale. The detail has served to thank the support that the City Council provides to the entity through the collaboration agreement that was signed in 2018 and that has recently been renewed for four more years.

In collusion with the City Council, “we are developing the work plan that we will carry out in the period 2022-2025.” “It is very important to work in this way because we have more efficiency of resources and we can schedule in advance the actions we want to carry out,” said Mauri.

Alfred Mauri, vicepresident del CEM

The agreement “will allow us to continue with the excavations in Santa Margarida and Sant Genís de Rocafort. Santa Margarida is a site that has far exceeded our expectations and, as the work progresses, it is richer and more interesting. And Sant Genís is taking on a dimension that until now had been buried. Last summer’s fire has exposed the remains of 19th and early 20th century agriculture in Martorell with structures of huts, banks and canals that we can study ”. In addition, the CEM will work on a management and protection plan for the archaeological heritage of Martorell.


Source: Web de notícies de l'Ajuntament de Martorell by martorelldigital.cat.

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