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Title: Rural settlement patterns in the territory of Baida (Trapani mountains) during the Islamic period
Authors: Rotolo, Antonio
Martín Civantos, José María
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to discuss the settlement patterns concerning the territory of Baida (Trapani Mountains) between the 7th and the 12th c., with a particular focus on the Islamic period. The field activities of the Idrisi Project-ARPATRA (2009-12) permitted the documentation, starting from the Islamic period, of a high density of settlements (villages, farms and scattered single houses) that coexisted in a reduced geographical space (10 km2). The settlement choices seem to match certain characteristics peculiar to the Islamic social formation and to indicate an intensive exploitation of the hydro, agricultural and pastoral resources.
Scopo di questo articolo è discutere gli schemi insediativi nel territorio di Baida (Trapani) tra VII e XII secolo, specialmente nel periodo islamico. Le attività del progetto ARPATRA (2009-12), hanno permesso la documentazione di una alta densità di insediamenti nel periodo islamico (villaggi, fattorie e case sparse) in uno spazio geografico ridotto (10 kmq). Le scelte insediative sembrano rispondere a certe caratteristiche peculiari alla formazione sociale islamica e ad una volontà di sfruttamento intensivo delle risorse idriche, agricole e pastorali.
Sponsorship: The ARPATRA Project was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
Publisher: SAP Società Archeologica
Description: The ARPATRA Project, acronym that stands for “Archeologia del Paesaggio nei Monti di Trapani”, is part of the broader Idrisi Project, which studies western Sicily between the Byzantine and the Suebian periods.
Keywords: Islamic Sicily
Rural settlement patterns
Collective fortified granary
Casale/raḥl
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/41511
ISSN: 2039-7895
Citation: Rotolo, A.; Martín Civantos, J.M. Rural settlement patterns in the territory of Baida (Trapani mountains) during the Islamic period. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies, 3: 221-246 (2013). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/41511]
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