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Changes and continuities in a Mediterranean landscape: a new interdisciplinary approach to understanding historic character in western Catalonia

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sam Turner



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To understand why historic landscapes changed in the past researchers need to identify when and where changes took place, but in rural landscapes the origins and development of many historic elements including field systems, roads, terraces and other earthworks remain poorly understood. This paper outlines a practical interdisciplinary method using GIS-based historic landscape characterisation (HLC) to integrate data from different sources and model how historic character varies in space. It pilots an innovative approach using luminescence profiling and dating that can underpin the HLC with significantly improved knowledge of historic processes of change. We focus on four case-studies of terraced agricultural landscapes in western Catalonia and demonstrate for the first time that existing terrace systems often have medieval or early modern origins.

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Author(s): Turner S, Bolòs J, Kinnaird T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Landscape Research

Year: 2018

Volume: 43

Issue: 7

Pages: 922-938

Online publication date: 13/11/2017

Acceptance date: 11/07/2017

Date deposited: 11/07/2017

ISSN (print): 0142-6397

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9710

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2017.1386778


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