On Tuesday, February 25, at 11:00 in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Geography and History, our GEHC companion, Bárbara Polo Martín, will defend her thesis History of urban cartography of Burgos: 19th and 20th centuries.

The central hypothesis is that the urban planimetry since the end of the 19th century in Burgos, which is characterized by high precision, large scale and detailed representation of the parcels, leveling and alignments, is born from the confluence of three cartographic models concrete: urban military topography, cadastral planimetry and urban mapping. Of the 69 maps and plans located, the most numerous block is that of military cartography, with a total of 53 maps. Next, comes the block of urban cartography with 16 and cadastral cartography we have not been able to rescue more than those surrounding the map made by the National Geographic Institute in 1912, which are only the field worksheets.

The thesis is expected to act as a pioneer in the field of urban cartographic analysis from the geographical and historical points of view in Castilla y León and generate the birth of scientific and social networks of various kinds that contribute to the knowledge of our cultural and heritage resources, eminently of a cartographic nature, by facilitating access to this information in a qualified and innovative way.

The thesis has been directed by the members of GEHC, Dr. José Luis Urteaga González and Dr. Francesc Nadal Piqué.