Archaeomorphology as Landscape Archaeology: New Approaches and Perspectives

Hector A. Orengo, Josep M. Palet


Archaeomorphology, the study of human-made landscape forms such as roads, field systems, terraces, water channels, etc. is an important part of landscape studies. The archaeological features studied through archaeomorphological approaches display a long-term chronology and play an important role in the configuration of human habitat, movement and sustenance. In many cases, this role can still be appreciated in today’s cultural landscapes. However, during the last decades the archaeomorphological study of centuriations and other field systems has been considered a marginal and unscientific discipline. This is largely due to the multiplication of unreliable archaeomorphological studies on centuriations developed from the 70s to the 90s, some of which have been proved wrong by large-scale archaeological excavations. Nonetheless, the last decade has seen a revival of centuriation and other archaeomorphology-based studies. Events such as the 2009 international conference The application of centurial systems and methods of agrarian organisation from the Roman period to the early Middle Ages or the publication of Agri Centuriati, an International Journal of Landscape Archaeology beginning in 2004 have helped to put this discipline “back on the map”.


Archaeomorphology, Landscape Archaeology, Road Networks, Centuriation, Cultural Landscapes.

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