Pilar Diarte-Blasco

Late Antique and Early Medieval Hispania

Late Antique and Early Medieval Hispania. Landscapes without Strategy? examines the transformations of the urban and rural landscapes of the Iberian Peninsula, across one of the most turbulent periods of the history of this region, between the decay and disappearance of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Islamic troops (c. AD 400–711). It analyzes landscape changes in a global perspective, combining both rural and urban contexts, discarding orthodox and reductionist points of view, where both aspects are analyzed independently and as isolated compartments. Core to this period of change is the arrival in Hispania of heterogenic groups of barbarians, their settlement in the Peninsula, and their coexistence with the local Romanized populations. Until fairly recently, any study of the impact of these new groups in towns and country was impossible because information was very limited. The level of research on this period has grown significantly in the last decade, considering not just Visigothic archaeology and history, but also those of other gentes (Suevi, Vandals, and Byzantines), and the Hispano-Roman substrate; this archaeology is no longer centered on burials (as was the case in the 20th century) but, vitally, also considers landscapes and settlements. The volume examines not only the visibility and tangibility of these changes in the landscape and the nature of the related archaeology, but also what types of new authority were created by these powers and these are evident through changing patterns of social organization in the landscape. Questions addressed include: was this a heavily militarized landscape and one with clear differences between the older, Roman settlement forms? Was there a visible strategy in this new organization? Did powers like the Visigoths really control the landscape or was this more fragmented? Exploring these diverse aspects is fundamental for assessing cultural, physical and, settlement adaptations and impositions across late antique and early medieval Hispania. About the Author: Pilar Diarte-Blasco is a post-doctoral research fellow at Leicester University working on the Urban Centres and Landscapes in Transition. The Mediterranean Far West in Late Antiquity project. Pilar is a specialist in Late Antique Archaeology and urban studies, with much experience in survey techniques, geophysics and the management and visualisation of archaeological data.
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