(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Using Place Names for Mapping the Distribution of Vanishing Historical Landscape Features: The Agras Field System in Northwest Spain

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

Calvo-Iglesias MarÍa Silvia (1) ; DÍaz-Varela RamÓn Alberto (2) ; MÉndez-MartÍnez Gonzalo (1) ; Fra-Paleo Urbano (3) ;
(1) Department of Marine Geosciences and Land Use Planning, University of Vigo
(2) Department of Botany-IBADER, University of Santiago de Compostela
(3) Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Extremadura


This paper explores the potential for using place names for the identification of historical landscape features characteristic of the agras field system in Northwest Spain. We first evaluated statistically the significance of a set of targeted place names as predictors of agras presence. We then analysed the spatio-temporal distribution of agras using place names from historical records and rural cadastre cartography. Results indicated that there was a significant correspondence between selected terms and agras spatial distribution. Field names showed a strong inertia in time, remaining despite recent land use changes but also in a long-term context, as they indicate the former presence of agras in a coastal sector that disappeared around the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Our findings suggest that identification of historical landscape features by means of place names could be of interest for further landscape research, with application in landscape inventory, monitoring and landscape restoration.


Article of periodic

published at : Landscape research / ISSN 1469-9710

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1976)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no4 [pp. 501-517]
Published in 20120801



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/01426397.2011.604716

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