The locus in the context of late antique spain

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At a conference some years ago, I briefly examined the relationship between local power and wine production in Visigothic Spain. On that occasion, I mentioned the transformed legal nature of the locus, a topic I now wish to explore further, in the same geographical scope. The hypothesis is twofold. First, I argue that some recently excavated timber structures are not representative of a change in rural settlement patterns. Second, that despite its terminological ambivalence, the locus evolved from a legal definition to a broader use, and would have been commonly applied to villages in the 6th century. A connection between archaeological evidence and literary sources is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-57
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ancient History and Archaeology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Continuity
  • Loci
  • Rural settlement
  • Villages
  • Visigothic law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Classics
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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