7. The Nasrid Kingdom of Granada: The Last Islamicate Society in South-western Europe
Alberto García Porras [+]
University of Granada
It may be argued that the archaeological study of al-Andalus, which only began in earnest as a fully grown scientific discipline 30-35 years ago, is still in its infancy, especially if compared with other European archaeologies. However, work carried out since the discipline finally crystallised in the 1980s is already worth examining in detail. We need to carefully appraise the weaknesses and strengths of the discipline, as well as the obstacles and threats which put it in danger. Only thus can clear avenues of future development be outlined. In this chapter, I shall examine the evolution of the archaeology of al-Andalus over the last few decades.