Social inequality in Early Medieval rural settlements: The case of central-northern Portugal in the 10th century

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Abstract

In recent years, several settlements dated to the 10th century have been under excavation in the central-northern region of Portugal (Guarda and Viseu). Their study revealed so far some differences between sites, mainly on location strategies and on raw materials used in the building of huts and walled enclosures. Material culture items seldom reflect these differentiations but ecofacts point to variable subsistence strategies whereas supra-local scales of analysis allow some relevant observations to be made. This paper aims to discuss the available data and shed some light on socioeconomic inequalities and their archaeological manifestations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeology of Social Inequality in Northwestern Iberia during the Early Medieval period
Editors Juan Antonio Quiròs Castillo
Place of PublicationOrxford
PublisherArchaeopress
Pages35-46
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781784915094
ISBN (Print)9781784915087
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Archaeological record
  • Rural economy
  • Early Medieval churches
  • Social organization

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