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The Archaeology of Medieval Spain, 1100-1500

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The Iberian peninsula has a particular archaeology within Europe. In the Middle Ages Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted in towns and in the countryside. But the country was divided between the Christian kingdoms in the north and Muslim al-Andalus in the south. Both areas changed in many ways as the Christians gradually expanded their territory and were finally victorious in 1492. This book focuses on differences and similarities as well as the interchanges between the cultures which produced much of the heritage of present-day Spain.
This book is the first modern survey in English of medieval archaeology in Spain, and it reveals the extraordinary development of Spanish archaeological work after the creation of regional governments (Comunidades Autónomas) in the 1980s.

Published: Jul 1, 2014


Section Chapter Authors
Special Topics Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutierrez
List of figures Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutierrez
Acknowledgements Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutierrez
Foreword John Schofield
The Study of Medieval Archaeology Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutierrez
Rural Settlement and Landscape Magdalena Valor, Iñaki García Camino
Urban Settlement Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutierrez
Housing and Domestic Life Avelino Gutiérrez, Magdalena Valor
Technology, Craft and Industry Ricardo Córdoba
Trade, Transport and Travel Avelino Gutiérrez, Magdalena Valor
Castles and Fortifications Avelino Gutiérrez, Magdalena Valor
The Display of Secular Power Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutiérrez
Religions and Religious Buildings Magdalena Valor, Fernando Miguel
Life, Death and Memory Fernando Gil, Magdalena Valor
Conclusions and Hopes for the Future Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutiérrez, John Schofield
Notes Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutiérrez
Websites for Spanish medieval archaeology
Websites for Spanish medieval archaeology Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutiérrez
Glossary Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutiérrez
Bibliography Magdalena Valor, Avelino Gutiérrez
Index John Schofield

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