Arqueología de las aldeas habitadas en AsturiasLos casos de Vigaña Arcéu y Villanueva de Santu Adrianu

  1. Margarita Fernández Mier 1
  2. Jesús Fernández Fernández
  3. Pablo López Gómez
  4. César Martínez Gallardo
  5. Santiago Rodríguez Pérez
  1. 1 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España


Anejos de Nailos: Estudios interdisciplinares de arqueología

ISSN: 2341-3573

Year of publication: 2019

Issue Title: 1300 Aniversario del origen del Reino de Asturias Congreso internacional. Del fin de la Antigüedad Tardía a la Alta Edad Media en la península ibérica (650-900)

Issue: 5

Pages: 99-119

Type: Article

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The study of peasant communities has burst upon the medieval archaeology of Northwestern Spain in the last decade. The excavations carried out in agrarian spa-ces, deserted medieval villages and inhabited ones have yielded a great amount of dates about a period, a space and a social group that usually offers little information. At the same time, it raises new questions —both methodological and interpretati-ve— that force us to rethink this historical period in a more complex way.In this work we advance the results concerning the Early Medieval period pro-duced in the excavations carried out in the inhabited villages of Vigaña Arcéu and Villanueva de Santu Adrianu: a comparative study between these two villages lo-cated in different ecological niches and that have an unequal relationship with the centers of power. The outcome of this comparison shows the different dynamics ge-nerated in the formation, evolution and use of the environment of these villages, as well the processes of change at different scales that influence their territorial plan-ning and the identity developments experienced by the local communities, providing a view of the complexity and dynamism of the Asturian early medieval landscape.