The Royal Workshops of the Alhambra
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192 Pages

24 x 17 cm

5 colour. 46 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Royal Workshops of the Alhambra

Industrial Activity in Early Modern Granada

Edited by Alberto García Porras, Chloë N. Duckworth and David J. Govantes-Edwards

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The Alhambra is one of the most famous archaeological sites worldwide, yet knowledge of it remains very partial, focussing on the medieval palaces. This book addresses the imbalance, examining the Secano, the urban and industrial zone adjacent to the palaces.
The Alhambra is one of the most famous archaeological sites worldwide, yet knowledge of the complex remains very partial, focussing on its medieval Nasrid palaces. Other aspects of the site are virtually unknown, not only to the general public but to archaeologists and historians as well. The Royal Workshops of the Almambra addresses this imbalance, examining the urban and industrial zone adjacent to the palaces. Once the most densely populated and extensive area of the complex, this zone, the Secano, contained houses, tanneries, and workshops including a considerable number of pyrotechnological facilities for the production of metal, glass and ceramic items. Presenting the results of the Royal Workshops of the Alhambra (UNESCO World Heritage Site) project, the book gives a much-needed insight into the industrial sector of the Alhambra. Crucially, the project focusses on the early modern era, when the manufacture of ceramic, glass and metal actually reached their peak. The opening chapters set the archaeological work and the Secano in context and discuss the methodology for archaeological investigation of pyrotechnological activity; while further chapters present the results of the research. Drawing on both traditional and ground-breaking survey and excavation techniques, the book provides an invaluable wide-lens picture of the palatial city.
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Foreword. Jesús Bermúdez Pareja

Introduction. Alberto García Porras & Chloë N. Duckworth

Chapter 1. The Secano: the city of the Alhambra. María del Carmen Jiménez Roldán

Chapter 2. A holistic and reflexive methodology for the archaeological investigation of pyrotechnological activity in the Alhambra. David J. Govantes-Edwards, Alberto García Porras, Chloë N. Duckworth & Eleonora Montanari

Chapter 3. The modern kilns. José Manuel Ríos Jiménez & Miguel Busto Zapico

Chapter 4. Geophysical and geochemical exploration of the industrial areas in the Alhambra. Kate Welham, Derek Pitman, Hayden Scott-Pratt, Josie Hagan, Chris Casswell, Ashley Green, Chloë N. Duckworth & Eleonora Montanari

Chapter 5. The excavation of the area of the Secano in the Alhambra: Trench 1.
Moisés Alonso Valladares & Alberto García Porras

Chapter 6. The excavation of the area of the Secano in the Alhambra: Trench 2.
Ben Moore & Eleonora Montanari

Chapter 7. The pottery. Laura Martín Ramos, María José Peregrina Sánchez & Saúl Guerrero Rivero

Chapter 8. Glass in the excavation of the Secano, the Alhambra. Almudena Velo Gala, Chloë N. Duckworth & David J. Govantes-Edwards

Chapter 9. Furnaces at full blast: the demand for architectural ceramics for construction in the Alhambra (16th and 17th centuries). María Elena Díez Jorge

Conclusions. Contributors

ALBERTO GARCÍA PORRAS is Senior Lecturer at the Medieval History Department, University of Granada.

CHLOË N. DUCKWORTH is Lecturer at School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University.

DAVID J. GOVANTES-EDWARDS is Research Associate at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University and Research Associate at Córdoba University.

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Title Details

192 Pages

2.4 x 1.7 cm

5 colour. 46 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series

Imprint: Boydell Press