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OCTOBER 19th · 2016 · 19:00h
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BASQUE UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY
AND NAVAL ARCHITECTURE
BASQUES & KANATA
Maria M. Intxaustegi
Ph.D Researcher at department of Medieval, Modern and American History
University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
INSUB: Cultural Society of Underwater Research
Maria was born in Donostia and she always be in love with the ocean.
She has been developing her researchers in the Mediterranean sea,
the Baltic sea and the East Coast of the United States among other seas.
Specialised in naval architecture from the Modern Age,
she is a member of the Medieval, Modern and American History department
of the University of the Basque Country and she is finishing her Ph.D dissertation
regarding the Havana shipyard shipyard in the 18th century and the ship lines.
She is the person in charge in the area of underwater archaeology in INSUB,
a cultural society of underwater research located in the Basque Country.
Her latest research won the international award “Cortes de Cádiz”.
Although nowadays our cities are living less and less with regard to the sea,
it was a time when almost all the basque economy and society
were always looking and living thanks to the Atlantic Ocean.
500 years ago, in the modern age, dozens of shipyards were located in the basque coast making ships.
Those ships were the most technological advance ever seen before in the society.
The “nao” who transport the whale hunters to Terranova.
The galleon who bring to the basque coast slaves and silver from America…
The basque galleons were famous for they strong construction.
However, ¿How can we demonstrate scientifically all those theories?
¿It was true that basque ships could sail around the seven seas?
thanks to the underwater archaeology we are trying to answer all those questions.
In this presentation we will try to explain the basque shipbuilding methodology and their technical evolution.
In the same way, we will compare different nautical archaeological sites found
in different parts of the world with basque shipwrecks to see their relation between them.
OREINA URKIAN KANATA
JAUZARREA promotes and organizes the program OREINA URKIAN KANATA, a multifaceted project which aim is to spread
the knowledge of the relationship between the Basques and the First Nations of the Nor-east of North America.
Those Nations that cover the geographic domain of the Nor-eastern woodlans; from West to East,
from the Great Lakes to the estuary of the St. Lawrence River in all its expanse and from North to South,
from the Arctic –from the North of Labrador and Ungava Bay– to today's New England states in the United States of America.
This program, offers a vision of the history of the territory of KANATA from the indigenous point of view of both sides of the North Atlantic:
the First Nations in the Nor-east of North America and the First Basque Nation in the European Atlantic Façade.
On the one hand, to bring up to date the history of their interactions during the last 700 years,
and on the other hand, to shed light on the early settlement of that region about 20.000 years ago.
Both studies will be jointly integrated in a presentation in the form of a book for its diffusion, and also
the creation of a multidisciplinary corpus which will be integrated in a database to be freely accessed.
A team of 70 specialists; anthropologists, archaeologists, geneticists, biologists, physical, climatologists, historians, writers,
folklorists, oral transmitters, traditional chiefs, linguists, plastic artists, specialists in traditional crafts,
are working, to have all information available for 2018.