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Consell removes fences round Can Blai Roman castellum to make it more accessible and pleasant for visitors

foto 2023ii can blaiThe Office of Heritage of the Consell de Formentera has removed the fences that surrounded the Can Blai heritage site, a Roman castellum, to improve its accessibility and to make it more pleasant for visitors. The old fence has been replaced by a rope and post enclosure.

Raquel Guasch, heritage councillor, framed the operation as "the latest in a line of efforts this term by the Office of Heritage to raise the visibility of and showcase our heritage treasures to make them accessible to the people." Previously fencing was removed round Sa Tanca Vella chapel and the Cap de Barbaria II archaeological site is also in the process of being opened.

Can Blai are the remains of a fortified structure from the lower-imperial Roman period. Experts estimate the castellum, which has a square floor plan with a tower at each corner, was erected between the late third and early fourth century AD. The results of excavations in 1979 and 1980 suggest that it is an unfinished work, possibly built as shelter for nearby inhabitants on private initiative. It was declared an archaeological site of cultural interest in 1994.

14 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera publishes Carme Junyent's lecture on current state of Catalan and inclusive language

The Language Advisory Service of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to present Catalan in 2022: situation and challenges. The question of inclusive language (El català al 2022: situació i reptes. La qüestió del llenguatge inclusiu), which includes the lecture given by linguist Carme Junyent in the plenary hall of the Consell de Formentera on 5 May 2022.

El català al 2022... is the first instalment of "Scripta manent", which Raquel Guasch, language policy councillor, envisions as a yearly publication that "conveys the idea that multilingualism is a human treasure which must be perpetuated, promoted and defended."

This current issue includes Junyent's reflections on the state of minority languages like Catalan, ways that the generational transmission of a language is interrupted, and future prospects for the continuity of Catalan and of linguistic diversity writ large.

It also contains a second section on inclusive language. In Junyent's words, "the vast majority of the world's languages are genderless. This also happens to be where we focus all of our attention, despite the fact that the societies where genderless languages are spoken are just as sexist as ours."

Carme Junyent (Masquefa, Anoia, 1955) is a professor of linguistics at the University of Barcelona and founding member of the Endangered Languages Research Group (GELA). She has written extensively on the diversity and situation of the world's languages and published works and informative articles on inclusive language, a very topical subject. Junyent has edited and collaborated on bestsellers such as El català, la llengua efervescent: 77 visions sobre el terreny (Ed. Viena, 2021), Som dones, som lingüistes, som moltes i diem prou (Eumo, 2021) and El futur del català depèn de tu (La Campana, 2020).

"Scripta manent" is available free of charge at the various the Consell de Formentera locations and at the SAL (Servei de Assessorament Lingüístic, SAL; Carrer Arxiduc Lluís Salvador, 2, Sant Francesc). To ensure "Scripta manent" reaches the widest possible audience, plans are in place to distribute the booklet to places like doctors' offices, hairdressers' and the hospital where people will have time to leaf through it.

1 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Traditional cooking course in January, February and March

The Office of Heritage of the Consell de Formentera, and Es Forn Gastronomic Association of Formentera is organising a traditional cooking course in January, February and March.

The course will be divided into five sessions, each focused on a signature dish of the island's traditional gastronomy. The first session will take place at 5.00pm, Tuesday 31 January, in the kitchen of the CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques school canteen, where participants will learn to make sofrit pagès.

At the remaining sessions on 14 and 21 February and 14 and 28 March, students will prepare guisat de peix, hervit d'ossos, peix escabetxat and flaó, respectively.

Places are limited and interested parties should send an email to coneixpatrimoni@conselldeformentera.cat. A confirmation email will be sent to individuals once successfully registered.

25 January 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera Archive receives 18th-C. map and 19th-C. marriage contract

foto 2022xii arxiuToday Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and José María Ortiz, signed into effect the donation of two additions to the historical archives: a nineteenth-century marriage contract and an eighteenth-century map of the island. President Juan and Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, who was at the ceremony as well, expressed gratitude for the gift, which will be added to the Consell de Formentera Archive and illuminate a part of local history.

The two-page notorised contract, dated 31 May 1817, codifies an agreement between Francisca Guasch Juan and Josep Riera. The document details the bride's dowry and sets the terms of inheritance on the death of either spouse and future children. The map of Formentera is the work of 18th-century cartographer Joseph Roux. Both documents are in good condition.

22 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Salsa de Nadal at traditional cooking workshop this December

The Office of Heritage of the Consell de Formentera and Es Forn Gastronomic Association of Formentera are organising a workshop this month where attendees will learn to make a favourite of local Yuletide fare: salsa de Nadal.

The workshop will start at 4.00pm, 20 December, at Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet".

Space is limited and those interested should send an email to coneixpatrimoni@conselldeformentera.cat. A confirmation email will be sent once registration is complete.

13 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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