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Spanish ariseologist Eliseo Gil was sentenced to prison for faking his findings



Gil and his team claimed to have found the artifacts at Roman archaeological site Iruña-Veleia, near the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain's Basque Country.
Eliseo Gil, former director of excavation at Roman archeological site Iruña-Veleia, was sentenced to prison and fined for “manipulating” writings that were considered historical at the time, either by herself or “through a third person,” according to the sentencing document seen by CNN.
In 2005 and 2006, Gil announced that his team had found pieces of clay in that location, near the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country of Spain. The artifacts, he said, date from the third century CE and contain references to Egyptian hieroglyphics, representations of the crucifixion and signs of the Basque language, Spanish newspapers El Pais reports.

At the time, the discovery was considered revolutionary, and was thought to show the first written example of the Basque language, 800 years earlier than the previous example, El Pais reported.

However, two years later, the multidisciplinary committee of linguistics, ancient history, archeology, chemistry and philology considered the discovery false, Reuters news agency. reported.
Experts who study the pieces find inconsistencies such as the absence of syntax, the spelling of modern words, and names and phrases that are not consistent with the period of time they should, El Pais noted before.

According to the newspaper, experts in ancient philology and history questioned the appearance of Latin words with more modern features, such as the use of the letter J on Jupiter instead of the Latin spelling, “Iupiter,” or “Octavianus Augustus” to refer to the Emperor Augustus

Initially, Gil and his team defended their controversial findings from the “big uproar” they caused.

In a statement seen in the archived version of the excavation team’s website, Gil is no longer active, Gil and his team defended the findings, which they said consisted of “a thick set of graffiti – inscriptions and graffiti engraved in various media – from the extraordinary character of text and themes represented. “

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In February, Gil defended his innocence in a statement made to the press.

On Wednesday, the head of the court in Vitoria-Gasteiz found Gil guilty of forgery and fraud, sentencing him to two years, three months and 23 days in prison.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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