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International Archaeological Reports since 1974

El proceso de urbanización de la Meseta Norte en la Protohistoria y la Antigüedad: la ciudad celtibérica y romana de Termes (s. VI a.C.–193 p.C.)

Santiago Martínez Caballero
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Spanish, with abstract and concl. in English
626 pages. Illustrated throughout in black and white. 49 tables, 216 figures
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Se realiza un análisis paleoetnológico, arqueológico e histórico autónomo, fundamentado en el registro local para elaborar un modelo explicativo concreto sobre el origen y desarrollo de la ciudad y el Estado en la Protohistoria en la Meseta Norte desde el caso de la ciudad de Termes, y analizar el posterior proceso de integración de esta comunidad como unidad territorial y cívica dentro de una superestructura del Imperio Romano. Se analizan primero las premisas preurbanas, para a continuación tratar de reconstruir las características estructurales y evolución de la organización protourbana y urbana, hasta el s. II d.C. Abordamos el análisis de los sucesivos modelos de organización sociopolítica, sus pautas de continuidad y ruptura, la interconexión entre éstas, y los parámetros de definición de esa estructura urbana dinámica y cambiante.

By means of a paleoethnological, archaeological and autonomous historical analysis, based on regional records, this book presents a specific explanatory model of the origin and development of the city and the state in the Proto-history of the Northern Plateau of South-West Celtiberia, using as a case study the city of Termes, whose territory occupied a large part of this region in Celtiberic and Roman times, and analysing the subsequent integration process of this community as a civil territorial unit within the Roman Empire. Firstly, the pre-urban site is analysed; this is followed by an attempt to reconstruct the structural characteristics and evolution of the proto-urban and urban organisation of the site, up to the 2nd century AD. The text includes an analysis of the site's successive models of socio-political organisation, their patterns of continuity and disintegration, the interconnection between these, and the parameters defining this dynamic and changing urban structure.


Santiago Martínez Caballero is Director of the Museo de Segovia, and obtained his PhD in Ancient History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has also studied at the Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), Università La Sapienza (Rome) and Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy). He is the author of some books and numerous other publications in the field of classical archaeology, especially in Roman urbanism, and museums. He has been the director of a number of archaeological works, as on the sites of the Roman cities of Termes and Confloenta (Duratón), in Spain.


‘Termes is undoubtedly an important site that merits and repays study, but until now the archaeological evidence has been scattered over a proliferation of often hard-to-find publications. Martínez Caballero has performed a valuable service to scholarship by combining and analysing all this evidence in a thorough, up-to-date and carefully organized synthesis. This promises to be the definitive work on Termes for years to come.’ Prof. Leonard Curchin, University of Waterloo

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