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Medieval agrarian colonization in Alentejo (Portugal)

Magali Watteaux 1
1 Archéologies environnementales
ArScAn - Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité
Abstract : This paper examines the morphology of agrarian planned parcels of land in the Middle Ages, focusing on the case of Alentejo in southern Portugal. In Alentejo, history offers an ideal context for the analysis of agrarian morphology on account of the Reconquista and the process of Repoblación. Historians have extensively studied the phenomenon of allocation and redistribution of land parcels in the context of agrarian colonization. However, the resulting forms of land parcels have yet to be studied. Exploring three research avenues – historical, epistemological and archaeogeographical – the paper demonstrates the potential of this subject and promotes greater recognition of the importance of the morphology of agricultural land planning in the Middle Ages in a country where this issue has so far been largely ignored.
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Magali Watteaux. Medieval agrarian colonization in Alentejo (Portugal). Etudes rurales, EHESS, 2011, pp.39-71. ⟨10.4000/etudesrurales.9481⟩. ⟨hal-02339162⟩

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