Cordoba, the Umayyad Capital of al-Andalus. Latest Archaeological Researches
Thursday, 26 March 2015 from 17:00 to 18:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
By Belén Vázquez Navajas
For years, the significance in the history of al-Andalus of the Great Mosque of Cordoba (Madīnat Qurṭuba) has overshadowed any other archaeological discovery in the city. In addition, the study of the palatine town of Madīnat al-Zahrā, founded in 936 just a few miles away from the Andalusian capital, has also eclipsed the past of the ancient Qurṭuba. However, due to the urban growth since the last two decades, our new excavations in the city have provided with a huge amount of archaeological data, especially from the Umayyad Caliphate (929-1031). As a result, our knowledge of the Islamic Cordoba has considerably increased in a very short space of time.
The most relevant findings came from the western area, where thousands of square metres of medieval suburbs have been excavated and found in a good state of conservation. During the 10th century, according to its status as capital of the Caliphate of Cordoba and the consequent increase in population, new districts were built in this part of the city, consisting of domestic habitats, mosques, artisanal installations, cemeteries and agricultural areas. The principal features of each of these spaces will be described during the lecture.
Belén Vázquez Navajas (BA in History of Art and MA in Archaeology and Heritage) is a member of the Sisifo Research Group of the University of Cordoba (Spain), where she has taken part in several archaeological activities and she is currently completing her PhD on water management in the Umayyad Cordoba.
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Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
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