El estudio de los catastros ruralesuna interpretación estatigráfica del paisaje

  1. Gurt Esparraguera, Josep Maria
  2. Ariño Gil, Enrique
  3. Lanuza Garriga, Anna
  4. Palet Martínez, Josep María
Zephyrus: Revista de prehistoria y arqueología

ISSN: 0514-7336

Year of publication: 1994

Issue: 47

Pages: 189-217

Type: Article

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The study of ancient field systems engages the attention of present archaeological analysis. Most of these field systems are integrated in present-day landscape, and in some cases these structures are still in use, though some changes could have taken place in some of them. The analysis of rural cadastres often focuses almost exclusively on those ancient field systems remains that are still preserved, while other landscape elements that provide a deeper knowledge of its historical morphology are not taken into account. It is in this way that we defend the concept of landscape stratigraphy. In fact, the study of written documentation from the medieval and modern periods as well as old maps allows us to establish the main periods in landscape evolution and, therefore, to know the origin of landscape elements in presentday landscape. As a sign of the possibilities of this method, we study the Roman cadastres oí Caesar augusta, llici. Tarraco and Barcino territory. Moreover, we think that it is also useful to analize the morphology of field systems from other periods, in order to differenciate them from those dated in Roman times, and to avoid possible confusion in the interpretation. Is is for this reason that we also study some field systems from medieval times placed in the Ribera de Navarra, in Castellón and in Mallorca, as well as field systems dated in modern times as the Huerta de Murcia, and the Nuevas Poblaciones from the Cordovan countryside