Cultural landscapes

Landscape Archaeology Research Group

Documentation of a Bronze Age settlement at 2600 m.a.s.l. in the Madriu valley (Andorra)

We have worked in several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the category of cultural landscape, such as the Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley (Andorra), the Mont Lozère (France) and the territory around the archaeological ensemble of Tarraco (modern Tarragona).
We specialise in identifying the cultural factors that made these landscapes valuable and the long history of human-environment relations that shaped them. In this way we can provide important information on how to manage these landscapes while preserving and disseminating their unique cultural values.

Our experience suggests that most landscapes enclose a strong element of human action in their configuration and long-term change. Most of our projects, therefore, strive to identify these cultural elements and contextualise them within their own historical framework and in relation to each other in order to describe the long-term values and socioeconomic circumstances that have shaped today’s cultural landscapes.