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Le plan radio-quadrillé des terroirs non planifiés

Magali Watteaux 1
1 Archéologies environnementales
ArScAn - Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité
Abstract : Most plots in French villages fit into in a radial pattern of squares, which associates a network of routes polarized by a village habitat with auto-organized and inherited plots of land, usually in a pattern of squares. This modelization, based on several observations, forces us to critically review the opinions formulated by historians about how medieval space was organized. The village territory was not “radial-concentric”, and it did not clearly emerge during the polarization and “birth” of villages. When they exist, radial or concentric forms did not organize big areas, and they can always be set down to necessities. The phrase “radial concentric” is misleading, and applying this pattern to French villages is reductionist in relation to a much richer and more moving geographical reality.
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Magali Watteaux. Le plan radio-quadrillé des terroirs non planifiés. Etudes rurales, Paris: Éditions de l'École pratique des hautes études, 2003, pp.187-214. ⟨10.4000/etudesrurales.8024⟩. ⟨hal-02338681⟩



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