The Ethnoarchaeology of Abandonment and Post-Abandonment Behaviour in Pastoral Sites: Evidence from Famorca, Alacant Province, Spain

Authors

  • Oliver H. Creighton Trinity College, Wales
  • Joan R. Segui University of Leicester

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jmea.v11i1.31

Keywords:

abandonment process, pastoral landscape, eastern Spain

Abstract

This paper addresses questions of site abandonment processes, using examples of pastoral structures on the threshold of the archaeological context, recorded during ethnoarchaeological research in eastern Spain. Current views of abandonment behaviour are seen as deficient with respect to the Mediterranean pastoral economy. A selection of 'small' pastoral corral sites and their environs was planned and recorded in detail, and the data supplemented with ethnographic data collected among the contemporary agro-pastoral community. Abandonment behaviour is examined at three scales of analysis: the abandonment of the agro-pastoral 'landscape', patterns of structural disintegration, and the material assemblages of abandonment, including coral 'furniture' and portable material culture. The study concludes that the abandonment of 'small', seasonal pastoral sites is the product of wider re-orientations in landscape exploitation, visible at the inter-site level. At the intra-site scale, abandonment is viewed as a multi-phase process resulting in complex yet structured material assemblages requiring behavioural interpretation.

Author Biographies

Oliver H. Creighton, Trinity College, Wales

Oliver Creighton is a Lecturer in Archaeology at Trinity College, University of Wales. His research interests centre upon landscape archaeology, and he is currently involved in a major research project in the Wadi Faynan, Jordan, with Graeme Barker and David Mattingly.

Joan R. Segui, University of Leicester

Joan Segui is a postgraduate research student jointly at the School of Archaeological Studies, University of Leicester, and the Department of Archaeology, University of Valencia. His research interests include the ethnoarchaeology of Mediterranean pastoralism and Iberian archaeology.

Published

1998-08-01

How to Cite

Creighton, O. H., & Segui, J. R. (1998). The Ethnoarchaeology of Abandonment and Post-Abandonment Behaviour in Pastoral Sites: Evidence from Famorca, Alacant Province, Spain. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 11(1), 31–52. https://doi.org/10.1558/jmea.v11i1.31

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