Spanish kids learn about archaeoseismology in Baelo Claudia

This is a nice and short video performed by 9-10 year old kids and conducted by two teachers of the School “Escuelas Francesas” located at Sevilla (Spain), and in collaboration with our Spanish colleagues Miguel, Jorge and Pablo. The kids read about our work on earthquake effects on archaeological sites and they have reproduced in a easy way the main EAEs in the Roman buildings of Baelo Claudia: the aqueduct, the drop of the key stone in arches and oriented fallen columns. (EAE: Earthquake Archaeological Effect; see Rodríguez-Pacua et al., 2011). They won different awards with this simple experiment: 2012 Cosmo Caixa Science Contest for children at Primary School. And recently in 2013 the 1st Award for Short Films “Ciencia en Acción”, devoted to young people teaching science. The dialogue is in Spanish but the video is so clear that it can easily be understood anyone who wants to have a look.

Here is the video link:

(ARQUEOSIS. El pasado es la clave del futuro. = ARCHAEOSEISMOLOGY – The past is the key to the future.)

(Thanks to Raúl for pointing me to this great piece!)

The beautiful Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia


  • Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A., Pérez-López, R., Giner-Robles, J.L., Silva, P.G., Garduño-Monroy, V.H., and Reicherter, K. (2011): A comprehensive classification of Earthquake Archaeological Effects (EAE) in archaeoseismology: Application to ancient remains of Roman and Mesoamerican cultures. Quaternary International, 242 (1), 20-30.
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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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