EMCITY 2022 - New approaches to Early Medieval Cities in the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.  

IIn 2022 EMCITY edition will take place at Idanha-a-Nova (Beira Baixa, Portugal) during November, 24 – 26, and will be co-organized by IEM, Municipality of Idanha-a-Nova and CEIS20. The partners of this first meeting have an ongoing research project on the historical village of Idanha-a-Velha (IGAEDIS - https://igaedis.uc.pt) funded by FCT (PTDC/HAR-ARQ/6273/2020). It focuses on the history of that ancient town between its foundation in the 1st century BC and the loss of its urban status in the Middle Ages. 


It will be dedicated to new approaches to early medieval urban contexts and the program includes the presentation of research work carried out by multidisciplinary teams from fields such as archaeology, history, anthropology, paleobotanics, archeozoology, chemistry, geoarchaeology genetics, etc. In this first edition, the Centre and North of the Iberian Peninsula was selected for analysis and discussion. Other regions will be addressed in future meetings.

During Thursday and Friday there will be conference presentations, debates, and a poster session. An exhibition on Visigothic art opens on Friday at the Centro Cultural Raiano (Idanha-a-Nova). During Saturday there will be a guided tour to Idanha-a-Velha by  IGAEDIS Project’s researchers, focusing mainly on the new discoveries about this ancient city made in the last 4 years. 

Meeting languages are English, Portuguese, and Spanish. 

Debate Topics

Considering the research carried out at Idanha-a-Velha in the last years, we would like this opportunity to further address the following issues


1. The end of the Roman city. Process of transitions and transformations towards to Early Medieval cities. 


2. Walls and doors. Models and chronologies for the buildings of the “new” walls. 


3. Church, baptistery and palatio. New places of power and Christianization. 


4. Earth, timber and stones. Architecture, building techniques and formation processes of the archaeological record 


5. Productive and consumption patterns. Perspectives from botanical and faunal remains. 


6. Material culture analysis. From production to distribution and the problems of analysing local manufactures. 


7. Household archaeology. Urban houses in transformation. 


8. Cemeteries, graves and burial practices in the cities. 


9. Centre–periphery approach. Commerce and relations within territory and abroad. 


Catarina Tente (IEM|NOVA FCSH). 

Pedro C. Carvalho (CEIS20 |FLUC).

Tomás Cordero Ruiz (IEM|NOVA FCSH).

Patrícia Dias (Município da Idanha-a-Nova).


Catarina Tente (IEM|NOVA FCSH). 

Pedro C. Carvalho (CEIS20 |FLUC).

Tomás Cordero Ruiz (IEM|NOVA FCSH).

Pedro Mateos Cruz (CSIC)

Sonia Gutiérrez Lloret (UA)

Iñaki Martín Viso (USAL)

José Avelino Gutiérrez González (UNIOVI)

Marisa Bueno Sánchez (UCM)