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The archaeological historical project of the Arbonaida Athenaeum, awarded

The cultural entity of El Cuervo receives for the third time in its six years of existence the recognition of the Ateneos de Andalucía Federation


On the threshold of the sixth anniversary of its foundation, on November 30, the Andalusian Arbonaida Cultural Athenaeum of El Cuervo de Sevilla has revalidated the high level of its work with the first prize at Ateneo and Andalucía 2018 granted by the federation. Andalusian of these scientific and literary associations for the historical and archaeological project that develops around this municipality in the south of the Sevillian region of the Lower Guadalquivir. The Arbonaida Athenaeum sees its raison d'être endorsed, which goes on to dignify "the essence of a town like El Cuervo, Andalusian and peasant, reviled by his ignorance", according to the statement on his website. This first prize is added to the other two received in 2015 for the must and flamenco route in the tasca, and in 2013 for the flamenco cycle "La hut de Juaniquín", in addition to the second prize in 2016 for the Laguna quick painting contest of the Tollos and of 2014 at night in white.

"They are few years for an athenaeum, if we compare it with the twenty of the Dos Hermanas or the more than one hundred of the Ateneo de Sevilla or the Cadiz," admits ABC Gonzalo Amarillo, one of the most active partners of the Andalusian Cultural Association Arbonaida, to immediately add that "something we will be doing well to have received these awards" , a recognition that considers "anecdotal, because we do not seek, but we pride ourselves precisely for being a small and young athenaeum."

Amarillo notes that "the situation is improving, but, for the moment, we have more recognition outside El Cuervo and that the activities we organize are for all audiences." For the atheist "we need people to get closer to know each other and know what we do", since " we touch all aspects of culture, from archeology to painting or flamenco , always with a critical vision that is the mission of all athenaeum ».

All the ateneistas cuerveños coincide in underlining that the association "arises because El Cuervo was a cultural wasteland , that is why we met six friends and took a step forward maintaining a demand character from the beginning and knowing that the work was going to be long term" .

Gonzalo Amarillo notes that "after six years of constant work, are already approaching", and highlights as evidence of this circumstance activities developed in schools and the municipal institute, giving as an example the painting workshop that has this course with fifteen under-age students .

The historical archaeological project that has been awarded by the Ateneos de Andalucía Federation includes a professional conference, of which the third edition was held from October 25 to 27, and the compilation of written, sound and visual documents, and stories and stories in the mouth of the neighbors themselves "to build an identity" , points out the ateneist who describes the project as "one of the most powerful to bring to light many stories and hidden sites and forgotten by the Administration as Gibalbín."

The deposit referred to by Amarillo is located in the mountains of the same name, a space divided between the municipal districts of El Cuervo and Jerez, which rises imposingly over the surrounding plains, which historically has been from a defensive watchtower to the settlement of ancient civilizations. and from where its waters and runoff feed the environmental enclave of the Laguna de los Tollos. "You can sense something very important" in this site, Gonzalo Amarillo argues what he maintains, stating that "the specialized archaeologists who visited it have thrown their hands in the head when they have verified the state they are in and the massive pillage that has suffered ». The Athenian explains that the Gibalbín site may be "above Asta Regia" , the ancient Tartessian, Phoenician, Turdetan, Roman and Andalusian city whose remains are found under the wheat fields of the Jerez rural slum of Mesas de Asta, a few kilometers away. from El Cuervo.