PCA STUDIES 2 edited by A. Chavarria and A. ReynoldsDetecting and Understanding Historical Lansdcapes

Mantua 2015


Written by  world-leading specialists in their own field, the papers in this book trace the whole process of detecting and interpreting the marks that humans have left in landscapes,  from aerial photography (D. Cowley) and remote sensing (S. Crutchley, N. Masini, R. Lasaponara, A. De Guio), to archaeogeographical methods of detecting and interpreting traces of land organisation (S. Rippon, R. Brigand), place-names (R. Jones) and the study of water systems (C. Ryne) as well as introducing land capability analysis methods (C. Citter). Some chapters outline the contribution of geoarchaeological studies (Langohr, C. Nicosia), archaeobotanics (L. Pena Chocarro) and the  analysis of faunal remains (N. Sykes) to the reconstruction of landscapes uses. Attention is also paid to how to effectively communicate the value and potential of historical landscapes to the people who currently live in them (J. Martin Civantos). Different papers trace the present state of research (A. Chavarria and A. Reynolds), as well as the conceptual underpinnings of the book, and a final paper by G.P. Brogiolo discusses and proposes new ways of interpreting the data.

The book is richly illustrated and includes numerous case studies as well as further readings in order to make it a practical tool for use in university courses and for those seeking an introduction to the latest methodologies applied today to the study of landscapes in order to understand their history



PCA STUDIES 1 by G.P. Brogiolo – The origins of the Medieval City (Le origini della città medievale) – was published in Mai 2011.



PCA STUDIES, the monograph series of PCA, will offer a platform for more extensive contributions that do not fit the scope of the journal. All publications will be fully refereed with the aim of publishing at the highest academic level and of encouraging debate. The objective is to assemble a series of volumes which reflect the changing intellectual and methodological ambitions of post-classical archaeology. PCA STUDIES wants also to be a useful instrument for disseminating high quality research among university students and to a wider general audience, thanks to quality illustrations, maps and graphics.