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• Sunday, February 08th, 2015

Jon Urruxulegi, a member of Euskararen Jatorria, has initiated the creation of a library of world’s languages. Jon tells us:

“The initial aim of this library was to collect only linguistic material of languages that are in danger of extinction. The idea was expanded to the question: Why not also collect linguistic material of Latin and ancient Greek, even though they are “extinct” languages?

Therefore a later question arose: Why reject a collection of the same material of our language, Basque, although it is not in imminent danger of extinction yet? Once this idea was accepted, the final conclusion was to apply the same criterion to the entire universe of languages”.

The archives of linguistic funds are named Universum Philologicum Biblioteka and its e-mail is www.gramateka22.com.

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• Saturday, August 04th, 2018

EITB is still fooling us with the documentary about the ‘Late Basqueisation’
Iruña-Veleia: trial soon!
Papers by Gascon researcher Philippe Lartigue
Agosti Xaho: The Celts, ‘ezkontza’ (to marry), V and X symbols…
The other black book for Basque? Iruña-Veleia and local language policies…
Rioja region and Basque
Popular myths in official Basque Studies
Arnaiz: Tiwanaku culture of Bolivia and dolmen period in Iberia
Jabi Goitia’s work in three videos and the word ‘Donostia’
Joseba Mintegi: ‘we are because we insist, they will be because they will keep insisting’
Jon Goitia: the words ‘koko’, ‘cabeza’, ‘kokota’, ‘cogote’
Antonio de la Guardia’s new book
We are worried about money being more important than health
Iberian scripts
In short

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• Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Addressed the subject of coins from Celtiberian & Roman times
Iruña – Veleia: 9 years without dating
Has Basque philology been colonialized?
Three of the first nations in Quebec call the common birch tree, (urkia in Basque), “urkui”, “ushkuai” and “uskui”
Two new books at the Book-Fair: Eduardo Aznar and Jon Nikolas
Victor Montanyés has died
Jon Goitia: Etymological propositions on some mountains
Bittor Kapanaga’s propositions on relationships-roots: sen, aba, ugetz
Three years now standing outside the Diputación de Alava holding a banner
Jaime Martín in Oslo
Eñaut Etxamendi: zaku (sack)
Javier Goitia: Amboto and Gorbea
Bienvenido Mascaray: Izaba
Iberian scripts
In short

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• Sunday, April 24th, 2016

-          The 2nd International Congress of Iruña-Veleia will take place on May 7 in Gasteiz-Vitoria

-          A Court has admitted a suit filed against Julio Núñez from the Archaeology Area of the UPV

-          Monday, May 2: speech in Donostia

-          Activities at Iruña de Oka during the conference

-          Inauguration of the exhibition “Iruña-Veleia, history cannot wait” by Carlos Uranga

-          The first Congress was held in 2012 in Gasteiz-Vitoria

-         New report by Alicia Satué: Vulgar Latin and Paleocastilian

-          Archaeological destructions in Euskal Herria: Navarre 1 – Araba 2

-          Know Iruña-Veleia’s Treasure

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• Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Politicians destroying archaeolo-gical Basque Country patrimony: Mrs Yolanda Barcina in Plaza del Castillo (Pamplona, Navarre) and Mr Xabier Agirre/Mr Ramiro González in Iruña-Veleia

Egia quartier – Basque way of life.

Did First North American People come in part from Biscay Bay – Europe?

Is Iberian term ABER related to Basque term HABEL (SLING)?

Drawings and graffitti from Iruña-Veleia are exposed at San Telmo Museum (San Sebastian)

Basque Country Police (Ertzaintza) does not have knowledge on accountancy

Deba: crevice that flows (it is a  Basque river name)

Second International Congress on Iruña-Veleia (May 7th, 8th 2016)

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• Monday, December 28th, 2015

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Lurmen’s expulsion from Iruña-Veleia: 7th anniversary

The commemoration was organized by SOS Iruña-Veleia, Euskeraren Jatorria and Martin Ttipia cultural associations. A demonstration with banners and a march to Bibat Museum (Vitoria-Gasteiz), where the graffiti are probably kept, took place.

On November 21st, in Nanclares, a letter addressed to the President of the Provincial Council asking for the resolution of this issue was read publicly and a small gift was given to Lurmen for its great contribution to Basque culture. Also, a moving act of homage to Eliseo Gil was held in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Some acts carried out on the 7th anniversary of Lurmen’s expulsion from Iruña-Veleia       Tribute to Lurmen

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Basque police (Ertzaintza) report has no scientific basis

The Basque police has filed a report stating that the Iruña-Veleia’s graffiti are fakes without providing any evidence for it.

Their only basis is the report by J. V. Navarro, from the IPCE (Spanish Institute for Cultural Heritage), two years ago, which asserted that modern metals were found on the graffiti’s surfaces. However, they did not examine the patinas nor mentioned the presence of concretions covering parts of the graffiti, which are composed of calcium carbonate.

It must be considered that tools that were used to clean all Iruña-Veleia’s graffiti and other ceramic pieces contain modern metals. Thus, it is impossible not to find metal traces from the cleaning tools.

It should be remembered that Eliseo Gil requested 7 years ago the performance of dating analyses on 100 graffiti at international archaeometry laboratories and also of controlled excavations, but the requests were turned down. Instead, the analyses done by Madariaga and Navarro have nothing to do with dating.

Madariaga based his suspicion of forgery on the finding of remains of glue containing modern chemicals. However, this glue was used for sticking ceramic pieces together.

Press conference by Lurmen to refute police’s report

Bideoa-Video

I accuse

Iñaki Aldekoa has written an  article entitled “I accuse”, emulating Émile Zola’s famous letter accusing the President of France of imprisoning innocent Captain Dreyfus without any evidence, in which he strongly criticizes the procedures followed against the Iruña-Veleia archaeologists.

Know Iruña-Veleia’s Treasure

Video (22 min)

Summary in comic

Photographs: grafittis and drawings

Ostrakabase (archaeological info)

Reports favoring the authenticity

First International Conference

Basque language graffiti

Iruña-Veleia’s destruction by the University of the Basque Country

Summary of various reports (ES)

Provincial Government’s actions: a summary (Spanish, 36 p.)

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• Sunday, December 27th, 2015

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The opinion of Edward Harris

The renowned archaeologist Edward Harris knows perfectly the Iruña-Veleia case since he has visited personally the site and has participated in the 1st International Conference on Iruña-Veleia, where he saw that those who support the falsehood of the findings failed to go to defend their arguments, and, additionally, he requested from Eliseo Gil the field notebooks to examine whether the excavation was performed correctly or not.

In a letter that he has written on this subject, he strongly asserts that nothing like this has ever happened in modern archaeology, that this is a great disgrace for archaeology, not only in the Baskeland, but also in Europe, and that Eliseo Gil and the other archaeologists should be reinstated.

Miguel Thomson’s Report

Twenty five reports have been written in favor of the graffiti’s authenticity. The one written by Thomson details how the whole case was mismanaged since the beginning by the Provincial Government of Alava and by the University of the Baskeland. He also shows that many of the graffiti (supposedly to be fakes) could indeed be genuine, since the same texts have been found in other ancient graffiti and inscriptions.

In his report, he points to the many errors and contradictions in the reports of the expert committee and to the subsequent rectifications made by authors claiming that the Iruña-Veleia findings were fakes. In addition, he points out that these reports, inexplicably, have never been published in scientific journals. Thus, he supports the need to proce-ed to a proper scientific evaluation.

The University of the Baskeland prohibits a speech on Iruña-Veleia

On November 19th, 2015, anniversary of Lurmen’s expulsion from Iruña-Veleia, a speech on Iruña-Veleia was about to take place at the University of the Baskeland. However, the University prohibited it at the last moment.  Euskeraren Jatorria (Origins of Basque) association tried to talk to University authorities in order to lift the prohibition. Finally, the speech was given at the University’s hall in inadequate conditions.

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• Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Introduction

Seven years without dating analyses

How is the judicial process going?

The opinion of Edward Harris

Miguel Thomson’s Report

The University of the Baskeland prohibits a speech on Iruña-Veleia

Lurmen’s expulsion from Iruña-Veleia: 7th anniversary

Basque police (Ertzaintza) report has no scientific basis

Know Iruña-Veleia’s Treasure

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Introduction

This is the second newsletter on the Iruña-Veleia affair. In it, we will comment on the current situation of Lurmen archaeologists (Eliseo Gil and others) who were accused of forgery while excavating the Iruña-Veleia site seven years ago. This accusation was not supported by any scientific evidence and was mainly based on linguistic arguments, which have been refuted by many authors.

Seven years without dating analyses

On November 19th, seven years had passed since the Provincial Government of Alava expelled the excavating Lurmen company from the Iruña-Veleia archaeological site.

This decision was totally unjust for many reasons: it was based on reports containing personal opinions, no dating analyses nor controlled excavations requested by Lurmen were done, and the experts did not request information nor field notebooks, nor wanted to audit the stratigraphic work… Subsequently, the Provincial Govern-ment filed suit against the head of the excavation team, Eliseo Gil, on no scientific basis, since the requested excavati-ons and analyses had been denied.

How is the judicial process going?

The law suit filed by the Provincial Government is still in pretrial phase even though it was filed 7 years ago.

Two other law suits filed by the funders of the excavations were dismissed because Lurmen managed the funds correctly.   The biggest problem is that the graffiti, instead of being under the Court’s custody, are still kept by the plaintiff, the Provincial Government.    This would be unacceptable in any judiciary system, since it results in the breach of the chain of custody. Also, there are indications that the Provincial Government may have tampered with evidence in some graffiti.

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• Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Meeting on Ancient Iberian Language and Writing –August 27th/30th- Zaragoza-Spain

Alternative guided visits at Iruña-Veleia

Iunstir: Is it a Iberian godness?

Miguel Thomson: Similarities found in Iruña-Veleia graffiti uncovered by Gratiniano Nieto (year 1950) and later by Eliseo Gil (after year 2000)

Luis Azkona Ezkurra: Iberian langauge is a Basque-type language

Roman del Cerro: similarities found between North and South Mediterranean toponimics

EHSummer School at Basque Country University: Mitxelena and Piñeiro

Etxamendi and Goitia: constructing Basque-Europeism

Edan jan lo Zeledon!! (drink, eat, sleep Zeledon)

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• Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Euskeraren Jatorria Elkartea association has launched a new initiative to disseminate information on the Iruña-Veleia subject throughout the world: the international bulletin. This first issue will be sent to 3,000 archaeologists and other persons involved in the study and protection of the cultural heritage, and we expect to reach more people in the following issues of this bulletin, which will be published three times a year.

Introduction

Euskeraren Jatorria Association is issuing a three-monthly bulletin for worldwide information on Iruña-Veleia, an archaeological site at Alava (Basqueland). This association was founded to disseminate the proposals on the origin of Basque, possibly the oldest language in Europe.

This site is key to understand the Iron Age and the Roman period in the Basqueland. Additionally, it has provided novel data on early Christianity, ancient Basque language, and the so-called “vulgar Latin”, among other crucial information on ancient history. The graffiti found at the site include what could be the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer in Basque language and a scene of the Calvary.

What is Iruña-Veleia?

It is an archaeological site located near Vitoria, Alava, Basqueland (Northern Spain).  It was most likely the Caristian capital and later a Roman city named Veleia that had several thousand   inhabitants.

In the excavations carried out by Lurmen, an archaeological excavations company working at this site, graffiti were found which are important for knowledge of early Christian icono-graphy, ancient Basque language, etc.

Some professors at the University of the Basqueland who examined the graffiti initially considered them to be a great discovery, but they soon changed their minds, asserting that they were false. Lurmen requested that the findings be studied by an international committee of experts, that analytical tests be performed on them, and that controlled excavations be carried out, but this request was turned down. Later on, Lurmen was expelled from the site and the chief archaeologist (Eliseo Gil) was sued by the provincial authorities, accused of forging the graffiti. After 6 years, injustice goes on, since the judicial trial still has not taken place.

Some analyses performed at a Spanish institute have found some metallic remains on the surfaces, which were interpreted as proof of falsehood, failing to consider the treatments to which the graffiti had been subjected for cleaning, and without analyzing calcareous crusts which could provide data on their authenticity. The case is still under a judicial process.

Photographs

The following links lead to photographs and to all archaeological information on the graffiti.

Ostrakabase

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