María de los Ángeles Querol Fernández has won the National Prize for the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Assets 2022. The award, granted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is endowed with 30,000 euros. The jury highlights “its relevant role in the inclusion of the management of Cultural Heritage as a subject in the regulated training of Spanish universities and for laying the foundations to achieve social recognition of archeology as a professional activity against intrusion”. In addition, it values ”its defense of the management of Cultural Heritage as an instrument for the conservation and restoration of cultural assets.”
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Born in Badajoz in 1948, she is a professor of Prehistory at the Faculty of Geography and History of the Complutense University of Madrid. During her career, she has been deputy general director of archeology at the Institute for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Assets (ICRBC) of the Ministry of Culture (1985-1988) and president of the Professional Association of Archaeologists of Spain (1984-1990) and the Andalusian Archeology Commission (1997-2000).
She has also been coordinator of the Degree in Archeology at the Complutense University of Madrid (2009-2017); of the Cultural Heritage Cluster of the Campus of International Excellence Moncloa Campus (2013-2021) and promoter of the Interuniversity Master’s Degree Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century: Management and Research of the Complutense University of Madrid and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2017-2021). Among the research projects in which she has participated, the ministry highlights The archaeological dimension in World Heritage cities: advances for heritage management in Alcalá de Henares, Puebla and Havana (2014-2016).
Her main lines of research have been human origins, feminist archeology and archaeological heritage management, on which she has published numerous books such as Adam and Darwin, The woman in The Origin of Man and university textbooks. In December 2019, the Council of Ministers distinguished her with the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in recognition of her great professional career in the world of Cultural Heritage.
The award jury
The jury, chaired by Isaac Sastre de Diego, general director of Cultural Heritage and Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and acting as vice president, Marta Hernández Azcutia, deputy general director of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain, has been formed by María Pía Timón Tiemblo, National Prize for Conservation and Restoration 2021, Pablo León Gasalla, General Director of Culture and Heritage of Asturias; Mercé Tatjer Mir, at the proposal of the SOS Monuments Association; Andrés Carretero Pérez, director of the National Archaeological Museum; Tabernacle Criado Martín, at the proposal of the ACRE Association; Víctor Cageao Santacruz, general coordinator of Conservation of the Prado National Museum; Pilar Ortiz Calderón, dean of the Faculty of Experimental Sciences (UPO) and Mónica Carabias Álvaro, coordinator of the Doctorate Program in Feminist and Gender Studies INSTIFEM (Institute of Feminist Research)/UCM.