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Agrarian landscapes in the Iberian Iron Age: Mountain communities and land use in southeastern Iberia


Abstract: Agrarian landscapes are among the least understood features of first millennium B.C. societies in the western Mediterranean. Studies of such landscapes in the context of the Iberian Iron Age have been based essentially on the archeological record in places used for purposes other than farming, particularly settlements and areas reserved for burials and rituals, or on the identification of the possible use of fertilizers. Here we present a multiproxy analysis of an agrarian landscape based on geoarchaeological and paleoenvironmental studies in a mountainous region in southeastern Iberia. The findings confirmed the existence of farmland cultivated as early as the first millennium B.C. in the high Jutia Valley in the Spanish province of Albacete. These results suggest that coordinated analyses can be highly useful for identifying enduring agricultural practices, while contributing to a fuller understanding of western Mediterranean agrarian landscapes and their millenarian resilience, attributable to the coevolution of human communities and the environment.

 Fuente: Geoarchaeology - An International Journal Volume34, Issue3 May/June 2019 Pages 252-271

Editorial: Wiley-Blackwell

 Año de publicación: 2019

Nº de páginas: 20

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.1002/gea.21698

ISSN: 0883-6353,1520-6548

Proyecto español: HAR2012?35208 ; HAR2015?67355?P

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1002/gea.21698

Autores/as

GONZÁLEZ REYERO, SUSANA

SÁNCHEZ-PALENCIA, FRANCISCO JAVIER

LÓPEZ-SÁEZ, JOSÉ ANTONIO

RUIZ-ALONSO, MÓNICA

ROMERO PERONA, DAMIÁN

VALLÉS IRISO, JAVIER

ÁLVAREZ?AYUSO, ESTHER