Book — xi, 150 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Agrarian Archaeology in Northwestern Iberia is devoted to the archaeological study of the societies and agrarian landscapes of Northwestern Iberia in the longue durée. The book brings together, for the first time, the results of some of the main projects carried out in recent decades from off-site records providing a fresh perspective for the understanding of historical landscapes. The papers evaluate the ?manure hypothesis? and other variables that have influenced the formation of pottery carpets in several territories of the Ebro and Douro basins. The record is interpreted through critical integration with other historical, ethnographic and archaeological evidence. In thematic terms, the processes of early medieval colonization, the transformation of rural societies between the Roman and medieval periods, the agency of subaltern groups, the transformations of agrarian practices from a social perspective, and the morphology of agrarian landscapes from prehistory to the contemporary age are analysed. In addition, singularities in off-site records in non-Mediterranean spaces are considered. In summary, this volume introduces new topics, concepts and case studies useful for developing a multiproxy agrarian archaeology
"The emergence of memory and the incorporation of new analytical categories for studying violence have gone a long way to revitalising research on the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime. However, the obsession with the presentism inherent to the post-truth age poses new unsettling challenges for historians, insofar as they have relinquished their role as custodians of the interpretation of the past. In this book, an analysis is performed on the different times of memory that have elapsed in Spain from 1936 down to the present day, and on the problems posed by the use of concepts linked to the standardisation of the transitional account of the violence unleashed in the areas under Nationalist and Republican control. Likewise, versus the intention of imposing a sole one-way public narrative of the past, it vindicates a specific space for its historical interpretation, less dependent on the peremptory and fickle demands of the present, as well as the need to construct a new account of Spain's traumatic past that does not imply its dissipation in different forms of cultural memory"-- Provided by publisher.