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  • Code: HAR2015-67111-P
  • Principal researchers: Carolina Doménech Belda y Sonia Gutiérrez Lloret.
  • Project title: El sitio de las cosas: relación entre la cultura material y los espacios construidos a la luz de la arqueología (ss. VI-XIV).
  • Acronym: SICOS.
  • Period: 2016-2018.
  • Financial institution: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investiacgión Científica y Técnica de Excelencia.

The SICOS project arises from the conviction that the materiality of a space, that often  lacking the third dimension, is not understandable without regard to the "things"  that  contains, explaining why they are preserved or disappeared, how they are associated used  or abandoned.

The project will be developed from the analysis of specific cases of different chronologies, both urban and rural, all of them related to field of study of the researcher team in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula. The Early Medieval sites of El Tolmo Minateda, Ilici-La Alcudia, El Castellar de Elche and El Zambo in the regions of Middle Vinalopó or Cabezo Pardo in the Bajo Segura, allow us to understand the changes and transformations that start in Late Antiquity and develop the process of social change that brought about Islamization. The sites of L'Almiserà and El Tossal del Moro, in the north of Alicante place us in a context of full Islamization, while the medieval site of Pobla de Ifach allows to compare the previous processes, with which are derived from the implementation of feudal powers in the territory,  all this in comparison with other cases of peninsular or Mediterranean area.

The study of reliable materials contexts and their formative keys can open the door to understand material culture which is decontextualized, allowing us to define patterns of consumption from the composition or restitution of the trousseaus. The Material spatiality of the objects in context is the central question we want to tackle.

KEY WORDS: Archaeology, Al-Andalus, Iberian Peninsula, Early Medieval, Feudal, Numismatic, Material Culture, Stratigraphy, Context.


THE PLACE OF THINGS (6-14 centuries AD). HAR2015-67111-P

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