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Understanding human movement through spatial technologies. The role of natural areas of transit in the Late Prehistory of South-western Iberia.

Murrieta-Flores, Patricia (2012) Understanding human movement through spatial technologies. The role of natural areas of transit in the Late Prehistory of South-western Iberia. Trabajos de Prehistoria, 69 (1). pp. 103-122. ISSN 00825638

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    Abstract

    Archaeological, historical, and ethnographic research has demonstrated how mountainous environments influence the socio-cultural dynamics of the communities that live in them and in their neighbouring areas. The development of these communities tends to occur at the margins, often far away from centres of political power. This marginality is also extended to movement in these regions, where mountain ranges regularly constitute mighty obstacles on account of their natural configuration which plays a central role in strategy, commerce and travelling. In the case of western Sierra Morena in Spain, its constitution shaped both the ways of transit through the mountains during Later Prehistory and the historical routes of communication that traverse Andalucía. Using a GIS methodology developed specifically to identify particular characteristics of the landscape relevant to human movement, such as passageways, crossing points, and natural areas of transit, we examine the role that natural accessibility had for the late prehistoric societies of this region. We conclude that the location of their habitats and symbolic places are strongly related to corridors, possibly due to an increasing importance of herding activities.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Trabajos de Prehistoria
    Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeology ; Prehistory ; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) ; spatial analysis
    Subjects: D History General and Old World > DP Spain
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
    ID Code: 57751
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 21 Aug 2012 10:55
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 21 Aug 2012 10:55
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57751

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