The Archaeology of Medieval Spain, 1100-1500

The Archaeology of Medieval Spain, 1100-1500

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Since 1985, Spanish archaeology has radically improved its organisation and effectiveness, supported by law and the transfer of powers to deal with archaeology from central to regional governments. There have been many excavations on development sites in towns and the countryside, but also new studies of rural landscapes and monuments. As in other European countries, this has produced a mountain of as yet undigested information about the history and archaeology of this fascinating country over four centuries. Now two Spanish archaeologists, aided by a large number of colleagues in Spain, France, Germany and Britain, have produced the first survey in either English or Spanish of the last 30 years of investigations, new discoveries and new theories. Chapters deal with the rural and urban habitat, daily life, trade and technology, castles and fortifications, the display of secular power and all three religions of medieval Spain: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. This is a major contribution to the archaeology of medieval Europe and a handbook for archaeologists and travellers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 190 x 248 x 22mm | 959.99g
  • Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 145 colour photos
  • 1845531736
  • 9781845531737
  • 2,614,561

Table of contents

List of Figures Acknowledgements Foreword by John Schofield 1. THE STUDY OF MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY Magdalena Valor and Avelino Gutierrez 2. RURAL SETTLEMENT AND LANDSCAPE Magdalena Valor and Inaki Garcia Camino 3. URBAN SETTLEMENT Magdalena Valor and Avelino Gutierrez 4. HOUSING AND DOMESTIC LIFE Magdalena Valor and Avelino Gutierrez 5. TECHNOLOGY, CRAFT AND INDUSTRY Ricardo Cordoba 6. TRADE, TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL Magdalena Valor and Avelino Gutierrez 7. FORTIFICATIONS Magdalena Valor and Avelino Gutierrez 8. THE DISPLAY OF SECULAR POWER Magdalena Valor and Avelino Gutierrez 9. RELIGIONS AND RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS Magdalena Valor and Fernando Miguel 10. LIFE, DEATH AND MEMORY Fernando Gil and Magdalena Valor 11. CONCLUSIONS AND HOPES FOR THE FUTURE Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutierrez and John Schofield
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Review quote

"Such an ambitious book is difficult to summarize; it is astonishing that so little attention has been paid until now to such a rich archaeological resource." --Salon "For students of medieval Spain, this is a work that has long been needed. It is invaluable for placing architectural structures within the physical environs of the Peninsula and for showing how they changed in the constant interaction between Spain's Muslim and Christian societies. The authors of this book, however, go farther than that; they lay before us the structures of daily life in medieval Spain. Both the scholarly and general reader should be grateful for this gift." --Donald J. Kagay, The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol XLVI, No. 4, Winter 2015 ..".The book is of value to a readership ranging from the undergraduate approaching the subject for the first time to the more seasoned scholar who requires a summary of some of the latest archaeological research." --Rebecca Bridgman, Journal of Islamic Archaeology 3.2 (2016)
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About Magdalena Valor

Magdalena Valor is Professor of History and Medieval Archaeology at the University of Seville. Avelino Gutierrez is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oviedo.
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