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MEditerranean MOntainous LAndscapes: an historical approach to cultural heritage based on traditional agrosystems

MEditerranean MOntainous LAndscapes: an historical approach to cultural heritage based on traditional agrosystems

Objective

"The project is an interdisciplinary approach to cultural landscapes of Mediterranean mountainous areas, taking as a central axis the historical study of two natural resources essential to generate agro-systems: water and soil. The proposal focuses on Sierra Nevada (Spain), Monti di Trapani (Italy), Colli Euganei (Italy) and Vjosa Valley (Albania).

Landscapes and their structure are strongly conditioned by the need to ensure the livelihood of rural communities over time. Essentially they are the spatial representation of production and reproduction strategies of societies over time. Understanding them necessarily requires knowledge of the historical processes that have led to specific relationships with nature: mainly extraction and use of resources. These uses have largely shaped the medium, generating not only its shape, but also the culture that makes possible its management and maintenance.


The various exploitation strategies have resulted in different landscapes and forms of cultural expression throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, but have also produced very important common areas. Agro-systems represent one of their greatest expressions. Agricultural traditions and the different ways of exploiting natural resources including management over time are crucial for conservation of the landscape and its ability to adapt to current global changes: globalisation and agrarian industrialisation, loss of peasant knowledge, loss of rural population and climate change. Conservation can be achieved through the exploitation of this heritage to generate environmental and cultural conservation strategies for sustainable development in rural areas; with the aim of protecting this cultural heritage and, at the same time, increasing and transmitting knowledge about it in order to benefit the local and wider European society."
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Address

Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 607 826,70

Administrative Contact

Mª Dolores Suárez Ortega (Prof.)

Participants (10)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 200 930

AGJENCIA E SHERBIMIT ARKEOLOGJIK

Albania

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 401 992

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 163 965

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

EACHTRA ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECTS LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

ARQUEOANDALUSI ARQUEOLOGIA Y PATRIMONIO SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 235 273,60

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 149 350

CENTRO UNESCO DE ANDALUCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 49 600

QENDRA E KERKIMEVE DHE PROMOVIMIT TE PEISAZHEVE HISTORIKO-ARKEOLOGJIKE SHQIPTARE

Albania

EU Contribution

€ 190 835,70

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613265

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 940 722,56

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 773

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain