IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1708: Urban and Landscape Development in Mediterranean Europe

Thursday 12 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Christopher David Tilley, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 1708-aArmenian Rural Settlements in the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia during the 11th-13th Centuries: A Case Study on Lampron
(Language: English)
Dweezil Vandekerckhove, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Crusades, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1708-bIslamic Law and Urban Development in Late Islamic Cordoba
(Language: English)
Rafael Blanco Guzmán, Área de Arqueologia, Universidad de Córdoba
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - General, Daily Life, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1708-cThe Transformation of Topographies: From Byzantine Didimoteicho to Ottoman Dimetoka
(Language: English)
Ourania Bessi, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Archives and Sources, Geography and Settlement Studies

Paper -a:
Migration constitutes a fundamental aspect of modern society; socially, economically, politically and culturally. Throughout history it has similarly impacted on many communities, and the migration of the Armenian people into Cilicia and Cappadocia during the medieval period is a primary example. This paper investigates how the Armenians migrants organized their new kingdom with regard to the relationship between fortifications and rural settlements. This paper will present a case study about the castle of Lampron and will be based upon historical primary sources (medieval chronicles) and the application of the Geographical Informations System (GIS). Based upon this methodology the paper will analyze the topography around Lampron and its surroundings in order to establish its sphere of influence and relationship to the immediate environment.

Paper -b:
The traditional concept of the Islamic city as a static entity out of control is clearly obsolete. Cul-de-sacs, narrow, winding streets or the apparent urban disorder are the result of an organic evolution generated from the private sector, but controlled by an external jurisprudence (fiqh) rooted in fundamental principles of Islam. In this paper we want to see if these Islamic urban aspects, which have been studied intensively in the legal literature, coincide with the archaeological data of the Late Islamic Cordoba.

Paper -c:
Abstract withheld by request.