Summer Farms - Seasonal Exploitation of the Uplands from Prehistory to the Present - John R. Collis

Summer Farms - Seasonal Exploitation of the Uplands from Prehistory to the Present - John R. Collis

An Archaeological Approach to the brañas: summer farms in the pastures of the Cantabrian Mountains (northern Spain)

Summer Farms - Seasonal Exploitation of the Uplands from Prehistory to the Present - John R. Collis

David Gonzalez Alvarez
Margarita Fernández Mier
Universidad de León
Pablo López Gómez
Universidad de Granada

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The pastures of the Cantabrian Mountains have constituted an important resource for the subsistence strategies of their inhabitants, from the Neolithic to the present day. Seasonal settlements in these upland areas – so-called brañas in the case study – were used by shepherds in relation with herding mobility. In this paper we reflect on present-day brañas in order to understand different types of herding settlements in the archaeological record according to different mobility systems or pastoralist strategies. This way, we hope to gain a better understanding on archaeological issues from summer farms. In fact, this kind of approach has been really useful to encourage the discussion around our on-going research on cultural landscapes of the Cantabrian Mountains from a long-term chronological perspective.

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Gonzalez Alvarez, David; Fernández Mier, Margarita ; López Gómez, Pablo . An Archaeological Approach to the brañas: summer farms in the pastures of the Cantabrian Mountains (northern Spain). Summer Farms - Seasonal Exploitation of the Uplands from Prehistory to the Present. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 203-219 Aug 2016. ISBN 9780906090565. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28014. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28014. Aug 2016

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