Archaeology of the Monumental Landscapes in "Valles Occidentales" Natural Park (Huesca, Spain)

Led by
Jorge Canosa-Betés (Geospatial Technologies)
During the last two decades, the historical narrative of the human presence in the Pyrenees has hugely developed thanks to the numerous archaeological projects and paleoecological studies carried out all over the mountain range. Thus, nowadays we can explain with certain accuracy the human presence in the Pyrenean uplands since the early Neolithic to the present.

Inside this narrative, the megalithic monuments are the first material evidence of the territorialization of the altimontane spaces, of the symbolic conquest of the landscape and, therefore, the long anthropization process of the Pyrenean mountains seen through the Longue Durée.

This research project tries to understand this episode of the Pyrenean history attending to the prehistoric monuments and their visibility strategies. The location and shape of these monuments were not casual. Thus, they responded to logics of the people who built them that, through their construction, wanted to transmit ideas to the ones who observed them.

In this project we will investigate how this ideological transmission is configured through the visual perception of the monuments. The aim of this is explaining why these monuments were built where they were built along with other variables and trying to integrate the results of our analyses in the current narratives of the Pyrenean prehistory.

To do so we will mostly use Geoespatial Technologies and data obtained in the field and we will focus in the Valles Occidentales Natural Park as our study area.
Landscape Archaeology. Megalithic monuments. Pyrenees. GIS. Visual perception.
01/06/2018 - 31/05/2022
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Landscape Archaeology and Cultural Landscapes