Paredes in Pedrosa

Luis Fernández-Galiano 

Can we again raise walls (paredes) in Pedrosa? The Roman villa of La Olmeda was built in the 4th century in what now is the village of Pedrosa de la Vega, suffered the ruin of its walls after a fire two centuries later, and remained buried until its accidental discovery in 1968, the subsequent digging, and the final enclosing of the remains under an exquisite ribbed vault which Paredes and Pedrosa inaugurated in 2009. The project complies with the frequent archaeological practice of protecting ruins with a lightweight roof that prevents climate from wreaking havoc on the exposed surfaces of the construction, slowing down its deterioration, but altering its relationship with the territory. In this context, which makes it necessary to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each strategy, it seems right to wonder if the remains could not have been preserved by reconstructing – with historical, vernacular, or contemporary techniques – the walls and roofs of the original building, whose features we could induce typologically, and thus make the visitor’s experience more vivid. Applying this here, reconstruct an Early Roman Empire villa in the Castilian moors by ‘raising walls (paredes) in Pedrosa.’... [+][+]

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