IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1033: Territorial Organisation in Medieval Catalonia: Some New Archaeological Approaches

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Grup de Recerca Consolidat en Estudis Medieval 'Espai, Poder i Cultura', Universitat de Lleida
Organiser:Karen Stöber, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Moderator/Chair:Karen Stöber, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Paper 1033-aIslamic Towers in the Islamic District of Lleida: The Architecture of Power
(Language: English)
Jesus Brufal, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1033-bSmelling the Middle Ages: An Approximation to a Sensory Analysis of a 14th-Century City
(Language: English)
Guillem Roca, Grup de Recerca Consolidat en Estudis Medievals ‘Espai, Poder i Cultura’, Universitat de Lleida
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Local History
Abstract

This session explores different aspects of territorial organisation in Catalonia during the Middle Ages. Paper -a examines Islamic architecture in medieval Catalonia, its ideology, and its social consequences. It asks why Muslims built a certain type of tower in rural areas, assessing how their construction is associated with two kinds of Islamic settlement: almunia and alqueria. An analysis of the organization of urban spaces in
15th-century Lleida is the focus of paper -b. By using the City Council books of medieval Lleida we can understand the beginnings of
issues such as waste management and the adaption of different spaces within the city to ensure the Bé Comú (Common Good). Paper -c presents an analysis of Ager Valley place-names, offering a comparison of two historically well-studied areas in close geographical proximity.