Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

8. Damnation Memoriae: Islamic Medieval Archaeology in the Balearic Island of Menorca

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

Amalia Perez-Juez [+-]
Boston University
Amalia Pérez-Juez holds a PhD in Archaeology having studied in Spain, United States and France. She is currently the director of Boston University Study Abroad programs in Spain, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of History at Boston University. Her research interests and publications relate to the Archaeology and History of Spain as well as Heritage Management. She has participated or directed excavations ranging from prehistory to the 20th century and has been a co-director for the BU field school in Menorca for the past 15 years. She is a member of the Institut Menorquí d’Estudis.
Elena Sintes [+-]
Independent scholar
Elena Sintes Olives holds an MA in History and Archaeology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and is now working on her doctoral dissertation in physical anthropology. Her research interests focus on the Archeology of the Balearic Islands as well as Education and Public Outreach. She is a member of the Institut Menorquí d’Estudis, where she plays an active role in the research, public outreach and education of the History of Menorca. Her book Guide to Talayotic Menorca has been translated to five languages.

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The Muslim occupation of Menorca lasted approximately four centuries and had a deep, if little known, impact on the island. Muslim heritage may be found in material culture, artefacts and sites, as well as in surviving modern toponyms. The landscape was also heavily transformed, not only by the reoccupation of prehistoric sites but also the cultivation of new land and the introduction of new agricultural crops. The imprint of these centuries is still very much present on the island, but has attracted little archaeological or historiographical attention. Only in the past couple of decades has there been some interest in the medieval Andalusi past of Menorca. Scattered teams have investigated irrigation systems, land cultivation, domestic spaces and necropolis. Archaeological excavation has yielded substantial evidence, and a new picture of the almost four centuries of Arab influence can now begin to be drawn.

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Perez-Juez, Amalia; Sintes, Elena. 8. Damnation Memoriae: Islamic Medieval Archaeology in the Balearic Island of Menorca. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2022. ISBN 9781781797884. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38089. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38089. Jan 2022

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