IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 831: Iberian Monasticism, II: Early Middle Ages

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Network for the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism / Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Organisers:Jorge López Quiroga, Departamento de Prehistoria y Arqueología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Artemio Manuel Martínez Tejera, Centro de Estudios de Posgrado, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Moderator/Chair:Jorge López Quiroga, Departamento de Prehistoria y Arqueología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Paper 831-aMonachoi, monasteria et coenobia in the Early Medieval Kingdom of León
(Language: English)
Artemio Manuel Martínez Tejera, Centro de Estudios de Posgrado, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Artemio Manuel Martínez Tejera, Centro de Estudios de Posgrado, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 831-bThe Monastic Landscapes in the North-West of Portugal in the Early Middle Ages: A First Analysis
(Language: English)
Francisco José Silva de Andrade, Unidade de Arqueologia, Universidade do Minho, Braga
Francisco José Silva de Andrade, Unidade de Arqueologia, Universidade do Minho, Braga
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Social History
Abstract

The Iberian texts for the Early Middle Ages, as is well known, are much more numerous quantitatively speaking that for the Late Antiquity, although the qualitative information on monasticism and its forms are no more enlightening. It is evident that the monasticism of this period, and particularly in the 9th-10th centuries, due to present remarkable differences in their organisation, function, and materiality with respect to the 6th and 7th centuries. And, although it is not yet possible to articulate a coherent discourse on Early Medieval Iberian monasticism, beyond certain stereotypes and clichés induced through the texts. We lack, equally reliable archaeological evidence allowing to have an image of how would be a monastery of the 8th, 9th, and 10th centuries in Hispania. In this 2nd session, we will make a balance of our knowledge about Iberian monasticism in the Early Middle Ages through three interventions focusing on the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Catalonia, and Septimania, and in Al-Andalus. At the same time, the possibilities and limits of the archaeological research to study the monastic phenomenon will be discussed.