The protection of numismatic and archaeological heritage: the current state and future challenges

The protection of numismatic and archaeological heritage: the current state and future challenges

Thursday October 26, from 9 am to 7.30 pm. Free entry

From 9 am to 7.30 pm

Espai Innova

Free entry

PDF icon Programa (pdf - 1,3MB)

Programa (pdf - 1,3MB)


Conference about the legal protection of the archaeological and numismatic heritage against despoils, which affects directly the museum as a repository where some of the objects that are recovered are decontextualized and having lost part of its historical value. The sacking of historical places is a reality that affects numismatic in particular, because of the efficacy of the metal detectors at detecting coins.  

The museum becomes the meeting place for some of the people evolved in the protection of this heritage to detect failures and to make suggestions to improve, all through dialog and experiences exchange. We want to raise awareness of the damage despoils cause and also to create a network of knowledge with all the different experiences of the speakers.

The conference will be divided in 4 round tables:

  • Analysis of the legislation and the role of the courts.
  • The role of the competent bodies of the Administration.
  • The role of the security forces of the state.
  • The need to divulge and the ethic compromise of the collectors, trade guilds, cultural media and the University.



Coordination: Albert Estrada-Rius, Chief conservative of the Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya from Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

Morning session

9 am to 9:15 am Accreditation of attendees

9:15 am to 9:30 am Presentation of the conference

9:30 am to 11 am Round table 1: L’ordenament jurídic i la protecció del patrimoni arqueològic i numismàtic: el marc normatiu i judicial. By Juan Manuel Alegre, Professor of Administrative Law, Universidad de Cantabria; Antonio Pelegrín, district attorney representative of the Environment Section, City Planning and Historical Heritage, Fiscalia Provincial de Barcelona, and Susana Romero, district attorney. Moderates: Anna Bernadàs, leader of the Servei Jurídic i Secretaria General del Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

11 am to 11:30 am Pause / Coffee

11:30 am to 1 pm Round table 2: L’experiència policial en la persecució de l’espoli i la protecció del patrimoni arqueològic i numismàtic. By Caporal Pere Canal, Unitat Central de Patrimoni Històric of Cos de Mossos d’Esquadra, Lieutenant Juan José Águila Navarro, Leader of the Grupo de Patrimonio Histórico de la Unidad Central Operativa (UCO) de la Guardia Civil, and Federico García Marina, responsible of the area of Contrabando. Dependencia Regional de Aduanas e IIEE de Catalunya. Moderates: superintendent Joan Carles Molinero, vice president of the International Police Association (IPA)-Catalunya

1pm to 1:30 pm Free visit to the numismatic permanent exhibition

Afternoon session

3:30 pm to 5 pm Round table 3: L’Administració Pública i la tutela del patrimoni arqueològic i numismàtic. By Maria Teresa Miró, leader of the Servei d’Arqueologia i Paleontologia de la Direcció General d’Arxius, Biblioteques, Museus i Patrimoni de la Generalitat de Catalunya; Teresa Reyes, leader of the Secció Tècnica de l’Oficina de Patrimoni Cultural de la Diputació de Barcelona; Carmen Marcos, Numismatic and Deputy Director of the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, and Gustau Vivar, Director of the Centre d’Arqueologia Subaquàtica. Moderates: Josep Manuel Rueda, Director of the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya.

5 pm to 5:30 Pause / coffee

5:30 pm to 7 pm Round table 4: El repte pedagògic i el compromís dels actors implicats: difusió cultural i conscienciació pública. By Jordi Campillo, archaelogist and writer; Antonio Alcaraz, vice president of the Gremi de Filatèlia i Numismàtica; Francesc Xavier Hernández, professor of the Universitat de Barcelona, and José Angel Montañés, journalist of culture of the El País. Moderates: Montserrat Tudela, director of the magazine Auriga

7 pm to 7:30 pm Conclusions and closing.


Information and reservation: 


Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya T. 93 622 03 60

Monday to Friday, de 9 a 14 h

The matriculation is for free. To attend the course is necessary to reserve place: giving per phone o e-mail your name, surnames, home address, city, postal code, telephone and e-mail.

El museu cumple en todos sus términos con la Lei Orgánica 15/1999, de 13 de diciembre, de Protección de Datos de Carácter Personal (BOE núm. 289, de 14 de desembre de 1999)

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