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Moncayo Archaeological Survey, NE Spain
A research project of the Department of Archaeology.
The Moncayo Archaeological Survey began in 2000, under the direction of Dr. Chris Gerrard, and is investigating population, economic and environmental change to the north-west of Zaragoza in the north-east of Spain. This is an interdisciplinary project with major contributions from Dr. Keith Wilkinson (University of Winchester) and Isidro Aguilera (Centro de Documentación Territorial de Aragón, Diputación General de Aragón) which combines landscape archaeology with earth science methodologies and approaches. Research so far has concentrated on reconstructing and explaining landscape change, while at the same time cataloguing existing archaeological records and prospecting for previously unknown sites. The two fieldwork components currently underway are systematic field survey and the recording of medieval and later irrigation systems. Two episodes of significant landscape change dating to the Neolithic/Bronze Age and post-medieval period have been identified from the geomorphological record and an article outlining preliminary results can be found in The Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 18.1 (2005).