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H 290 x W 205 mm

140 pages

Illustrated throughout in black & white with 18 colour plates

Published Dec 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784915087

Digital: 9781784915094

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Iberia; Medieval; Middle Ages; Rural Economy; Agriculture; Land use; Peasants

Social complexity in early medieval rural communities

The north-western Iberia archaeological record

Edited by Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo

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This book presents an overview of the results of the research project DESPAMED funded by the Spanish Minister of Economy and Competitiveness. The aim of the book is to discuss the theoretical challenges posed by the study of social inequality and social complexity in early medieval peasant communities in North-western Iberia.



Preface (Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo); Inequality and social complexity in peasant societies. Some approaches to early medieval north-western Iberia (Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo); Settlement patterns and social inequality: The Duero Basin in Early Middle Ages (4th-8th centuries) (Carlos Tejerizo García); Social inequality in Early Medieval rural settlements: The case of central-northern Portugal in the 10th century (Catarina Tente); Faunal remains and social inequality in the Basque Country during the Early Middle Ages (Idoia Grau-Sologestoa); Food consumption patterns and social inequality in an early medieval rural community in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula (Maite Iris García-Collado); Technology and social complexity: iron tools and peasant communities in the Medieval period (David Larreina García); Production, consumption and political complexity: early medieval pottery in Castile and Southern Tuscany (7th-10th centuries) (Francesca Grassi); Invisible social inequalities in early medieval communities: the bare bones of household slavery (Alfonso Vigil-Escalera Guirado); Words, things and social inequality: the village of Torrentejo (Igor Santos Salazar)