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betancuria archaeological museum exhibition

Exhibition at Archaeological Museum Betancuria

The archaeological legacy of Majorero returns home with a well-deserved tribute to Nacho Hernández.

The Archaeological Museum presents the exhibition 'Back home. The legacy of the Majo' people

The Cabildo of Fuerteventura, through the Archaeological Museum of Betancuria, inaugurates the exhibition 'Back home. The legacy of the Majo' people on June 15. It pays tribute to Nacho Hernández, cultural heritage technician of the insular Administration, and a leading figure in the promotion of culture on the island since 1984.

With his dedication and experience as a graduate in Geography and History and Archaeology, Hernández has dedicated his professional career to publicize the majorera culture, focusing on the quality and dissemination of its values.

The temporary exhibition aims to bring together the materials that, at some point, left the island and ended up in different museum spaces over the years.

Many of them, which are exhibited for the first time, come from the Canarian Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife and the Archaeological Museum of Fuerteventura. In addition, materials from the recently donated Roldán Verdejo Collection are included. Under the loan formula, the Cabildo de Fuerteventura will be responsible for the conservation and protection of these materials for one year, and will proceed to their return once the exhibition is closed.

The Archaeological Museum will allow visitors to enjoy the diversity of forms and the beauty of ceramics, plates, hand mills and the lithic industry. Likewise, aspects of the technology and subsistence of the majos will be shown, revealing their strategies for raising resources. These valuable cultural assets, which left the island since the late nineteenth century, can be contemplated and known thanks to the joint effort of various institutions such as the Canarian Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife, the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands, the Canarian Institute of Cultural Development and the University of La Laguna.

Exhibition units

The exhibition is composed of several explanatory units that invite reflection on the scattered archaeological heritage and its current situation.

Entry Unit: The motives behind the dispersion of archaeological heritage and the reality it faces today will be explored.

Unit II: Tribute will be paid to Nacho Hernández, cultural heritage technician of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, highlighting his invaluable work in the preservation of our cultural heritage.

Unit III: Do we know where they are?
You will get to know the Museums that guard the archaeological materials of the majos, such as the Canarian Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, the Quay Braily Museum in Paris, the Museum of Man in Paris, the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife and the Benahoarita Museum in La Palma.

Unit IV: Travel times.
There will be a historical tour from the late nineteenth century to the present, analyzing the departure of materials from Fuerteventura and the reasons that motivated it.

Unit V: Heritage rescuers
Tribute will be paid to the European and Canarian researchers who preserved different pieces of the material culture of the majos. It will deepen its relationship with Fuerteventura and the reasons that motivated the departure of these materials from the island.

Unit VI: What's Next
The archaeological materials of other museums that are part of the exhibition will be detailed, covering ceramic vessels, lithic tools, remains of fauna, malacology and anthropological remains.

Unit VII: A perennial problem

It will explain how current collecting and malpractice threaten our heritage, resulting in the loss of valuable information about the culture of the Majo people.

Unit VIII: Reference will be made to the new archaeological museum of Fuerteventura, equipped with the infrastructure and cultural equipment necessary for the custody and protection of the archaeological materials of the culture of the Majo people. Serendipitous finds and measures to protect our heritage will also be addressed.
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