III International Congress on the Anthropology of Salt

As part of the organising committee, we are delighted to invite you to the 3rd International Congress on the Anthropology of Salt to be held in the capital city of The Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, from the 12th to the 15th of September 2018.
Salt is the only edible rock in nature. It is not only essential for the survival of living creatures, but also to increase knowledge of our past. The study of salt has become in the last few decades an extremely valuable source of information.
The discipline of Anthropology of Salt was born in 2002 when Dr Marius Alexianu (AICU, Romania) decided to unite under the same framework all the studies about salt that had been developed.
The creation and establishment of this discipline initiated in the symposium held at the University of Lasi (Romania) on the same year and continued in 2015 at the same university where the 1st Congress of Anthropology of Salt was held.
The success of the initiative made possible the organization of the second Congress in 2017, in Los Cabos (Mexico). There, it was announced that Valle Salado de Añana would be responsible for organising and holding the third edition in 2018.
The Valle Salado de Añana Foundation is proud to undertake this task. Its aim, in addition to providing a future for the Valle Salado and the people who work and live there, is to show to the world that the culture and agriculture of salt practised all over the world is of great inherited value acquired from our ancestors that needs to be passed on to future generations.
The Foundation endeavour has already been recognised by the European Union and awarded the Europa Nostra prize in 2015. It has also been classified as a Global Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
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