IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 613: Al-Andalus: Melting Pot of Medieval Europe?

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:University of Southampton
Organiser:Rebecca Bridgman, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Bridgman, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton
Paper 613-aElements of Continuity in the Medieval Rural Population of the Valley of the River Guadiana
(Language: Español)
Susana Gómez, Campo Arqueológico de Mértola
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General
Paper 613-bExamples of Reality and Non-Reality of Cultural Clashes in the Medieval Period between Christians and Muslims, Using cuerda seca as a Historical Source: Commerce and Aesthetic Data (Al-Andalus and the Mediterranean Sea, 10th-13th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Claire Déléry, Université de Toulouse II - Le Mirail
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade
Paper 613-cThe 'Ataifor': An Example of Change and Continuity in the Ceramic Production of Seville during the 11th to 14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Rebecca Bridgman, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton

Al-Andalus was the western-most frontier of Medieval Islam: surrounded by Christian kingdoms, yet far from being marginal, the region was recognised throughout Europe and beyond for its’ intellectual, artistic and economic prowess. This strength was rooted in the ‘melting pot’ or socio-cultural mixture of a region where collision, mutation and integration of peoples occurred, despite of or possibly resulting from changes in political power over more than seven centuries. Traditionally, this process has been studied through media such as art history, architecture and documentary sources, conversely this session will provide new insights into the subject, acting as a forum for ground breaking studies employing archaeological and more specifically ceramic analyses.