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Continuity and discontinuity in the history of upland pastoral landscapes: the case study of Val Molinac and Val Poré (Val di Sole, Trentino, Eastern Italian Alps)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Francesco CarrerORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2018.

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© 2017 Landscape Research Group Ltd This paper addresses the question of the formation and evolution of upland rural Alpine landscapes. The case study presented here refers to two upland valleys—Val Molinac and Val Poré—located in the Alpine region of Trentino (Italy). Archaeological fieldwork in the area has revealed a complex landscape; the main features of which are dry stone structures (enclosures, huts and rock shelters), mainly related to pastoralism. Archaeological data and documentary sources show that the investigated landscape underwent distinct formative phases or ‘tipping points’—in the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries AD and in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries AD—and suggest that its evolution has neither been gradual nor incremental, as generally assumed. ‘Punctuated equilibrium paradigm’, derived from evolutionary theory, is applied to address the discontinuous evolution of the upland landscapes of Val Molinac and Val Poré, and theoretical implications for the study of rural landscapes are discussed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Carrer F, Angelucci DE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Landscape Research

Year: 2018

Volume: 43

Issue: 6

Pages: 862-877

Online publication date: 20/11/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 09/12/2019

ISSN (print): 0142-6397

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9710

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2017.1390078


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