Arqueología agraria en el 20th Annual Meeting de la EAA

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Si en el mes de agosto una de las principales actividades estuvo dedicada a talleres didácticos en Vigaña, en septiembre reanudamos nuestras actividades científicas con la participación en el 20TH Annual Meeting of the  European Association of Archaeologists celebrado en Estambul entre los días 10 y 14 de septiembre.

En el marco de este macrocongreso, los trabajos de nuestro grupo de investigación estuvieron representados en dos sesiones, una de ellas coorganizada por una de los integrantes de nuestro equipo de trabajo, Margarita Fernández Mier, junto con Eva Svensson y Rainar Shrech, titulada Outlans and outlands use in the past, the present and the future, dedicada a la discusión sobre el papel que los denominados espacios o tierras marginales han tenido y tienen en la actualidad en Europa, y a la reflexión sobre qué papel han de desempeñar en el futuro en el marco del mundo rural europeo. En dicha sesión nuestros compañeros Margarita Fernández Mier y Pablo Alonso González, junto con Juan Antonio Quirós, presentaron la comunicación titulada:  An applied archaeology of the commons in North-Western Spain: creating useful knowledge for social processes?, de la cual aquí os dejamos un resumen:

For thousands of years, the large pasture and forest lands of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula have played a fundamental role for local communities. Although the outlands are usually considered marginal and peripheral, they have had many different uses fundamental for the socioeconomic reproduction of the people inhabiting these areas.
Nowadays, much of the rural communities of northwest Iberia preserve a rich communal heritage. This heritage is in danger of disappearing under the new State policies aiming to suppress forms of common management and property and incorporate them under the public domain.
Our paper suggests that an applied archaeology might be useful for the defense of these areas in many ways. First, understanding the history of the commons can enhance their legal and ethical legitimacy fundamental for their current defense by social actors. Second, by incorporating much needed archaeological knowledge on the traditional forms of sustainable land exploitation into spatial planning policies. In advocating an applied archaeology we move beyond a public archaeology as understood traditionally; instead of ‘including’ or ‘letting the community know’ about our findings, we work ‘with’ the community, embedding our research agenda in current sociopolitical concerns.

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La segunda comunicación se presentó en la sesión titulada: Burial Communities in Long Term Perspectives, en este caso discutiendo los últimos hallazgos realizados en la necrópolis de Vigaña, con el título: Burials in medieval rural communities: a case in the Cantabrian Mountains. Aquí os adjuntamos el resumen de la comunicación y una foto de l necrópolis:

In recent years the archeology of medieval rural North of the Iberian Peninsula has seen a major revival owing to the recent studies of currently inhabited and deserted villages. The approach to these sites from an overall perspective has led to the excavation of the settlement areas, the agricultural and livestock production and the burial sites, in the attempt to acquire a complex understanding of rural communities.
In this paper, we present the preliminary results of the archaeological work carried out in the village of Vigaña. In this mountain village, we have excavated the parish cemetery, which presents a continuity of occupation from early medieval times to the present day. In addition, we have begun excavating another burial area in the territorial limits of the medieval village. Drawing in this evidence, we set out an understanding of the graves in the broader landscape framework. This involves carrying out a reading of how individuals express themselves within the community through the graves , as well as their role as landmarks associated with the creation of a collective identity related to the territoriality of the villages.necropolis25
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