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"Phicaria" is positioned as a top level meeting in its first edition (05/03/2012)

This weekend has been developed at the Universidad Popular de Mazarron (UPM), the First Congress on Production in Mediterranean Societies "Phicaria" which has proved very successful in this first edition and is destined to become a meeting on research class for years to come.

As explained by the director of the UPM, Jose Maria Lopez Ballesta, "but success should not be measured in quantitative terms but qualitative," more than 110 people participated in this conference that has had outstanding speakers from the major universities the country.

6 lectures, 8 posters and 2 communications have made the conference as part of its success has been based on a transverse, as food production and the Mediterranean diet (subjects that have turned this first meeting) have been treated from different perspectives as the archaeological, historical, or scientific dietetics.

Speakers included the presence of Mr. Buxó Capdevilla, the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, who spoke about the beginnings of agriculture and the domestication of plants, being Buxó one of the leading figures of the national paleobotany.

From the University of Almería reached Jose Luis Lopez Castro and Carmen Ana Barrionuevo Brown who spoke on "Food production in the Phoenician cities of Southeast Iberia", while that of Granada participated Guard Enrique Gomez explained the current situation " Use of waste water and desalination. "

The Mediterranean diet was the focus of the papers of Paula Mary Periago Bayonne, of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, and Zamora Salvador Navarro, University of Murcia.

Finally, Jesus Contreras, of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​addressed the changes and continuities of feeding practices in the Mediterranean.

Communications, brief papers on research that are now taking their first steps, were also of great interest to participants.

The silos of Villares, food in the Neolithic or the Middle Ages (with the example of poultry diet in medieval castle Montsouri), food production in Morocco, Egypt, and the consumption of seafood and fish in the Phoenician world or import and export of food in Roman times were few.

Among the posters highlighted one which concerned the archaeological discovery of what appears to be a "mall" of Roman times.

To the Mayor of Mazarron, Ginés Campillo, "with the implementation of this activity we are committed to training and educational development as a pillar of our society and our future development."

For the mayor, "it is our duty as politicians lay the foundation for projects that are committed to culture and education to develop and grow over time, follow, or not, we in front of them."

The director of the UPM thanked the Mayor and City Council support to conduct this meeting and gave infinite thanks to the University of Murcia and the College of Graduate and Doctorate of Philosophy and Letters and Science from the Region of Murcia "for his involvement, without which this success would not have reached. "

Representatives of these agencies, and Jesus Sebastian Ramallo Bellon, predicted a promising future "Phicaria" who "will bear great fruit in the relatively near future."

The meeting also featured a concert by "spiritual Flamenco" by the guitarist Juan Diaz and Juan Francisco Ceron singer of "The Pliers" who put the playful counterpoint to this open door to research first, and very successful in Mazarron and celebrate the 440 anniversary of the granting of privilege Villa.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón

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