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  • Dr Juan Carlos Sanchez Pardo
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • j.pardo@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Jose Carlos Sanchez Pardo

My educational background is History, specifically, Medieval History (Lcdo  at University of Santiago, Spain, 2002). But I was soonly interested in Archaeology (MA in Medieval Archaeology, University of Siena, Italy, 2004 and 2 years fellowship at the Spanish School of History and Archaeology at Rome), and in integrated approaches between material and textual sources in order to understand social dynamics in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages.
This is the perspective that I tried to develop in my PhD thesis (University of Santiago, 2008), which focused on settlements and territorial organization in Galicia (Northwest Spain) between Antiquity and Central Middle Ages, bringing together archaeological, documentary and place-names sources through a wide and diachronical perspective.
In the last years, as a post-doc in the Institute of Archaeology (UCL, London), (first as Spanish Ministry of Science fellowship and now as Honorary Research Associate) I have been working on rural churches and their social and political meanings in Early Medieval landscapes. In this sense, I am interested in setting up comparative approaches on the relations created between elites and church foundations in different areas of Europe in order to advance towards wider frameworks of discussion.
More recently, I am carrying out research on two new topics: early medieval relationships in West Atlantic Europe  and the degrees of political articulation by means of the study of fortifications in galician medieval landscapes.

Research Interests

  • Medieval Archaeology (Western Europe)
  • Early medieval churches
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Early Medieval History
  • Early Medieval fortifications
  • Atlantic European contacts in Middle Ages
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C.; SHAPLAND, M. (Eds.) (Forthcoming), Churches and Social Power in Early Medieval Europe. Integrating Archaeological and Historical Approaches (400-1100 AD)¸ Brepols, Studies on the Early Middle Ages Series, Turnhout.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2013), “Bases para el análisis geohistórico del poblamiento rural tradicional en Galicia”. Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles 62, pp. 75-99 (english abstract: pp. 445-448).
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2013), “Iglesias y dinámicas sociopolíticas en el paisaje gallego de los siglos V-VIII”. Hispania Vol 73, Número 243, pp. 11-50.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2013), “Power and rural landscapes in early medieval Galicia (400–900 AD): towards a re-incorporation of the archaeology into the historical narrative”. Early Medieval Europe. Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 140-168.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2012), “Los contextos de fundación de las iglesias tardoantiguas en Galicia (ss. V-VIII): substratos arqueológicos, distribución y significados”. Antiquité Tardive 20 (2012), pp. 255-273.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2012), “Arqueología de las iglesias tardoantiguas en Galicia (ss. V-VIII). Una valoración de conjunto”. Hortus Artium Medievalium, Vol. 18/2, Zagreb, pp. 395-414.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2010), “Poblamiento rural tardorromano y altomedieval en Galicia. Una revisión arqueológica”. Archeologia Medievale. XXXVII (2010), pp. 285-306.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2010), “Castros y aldeas galaicorromanas: sobre la evolución y transformación del poblamiento indígena en la Galicia romana”. Zephyrus. XLV (Enero-Junio 2010), pp. 129-148.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2010), "Las iglesias rurales y su papel en la articulación territorial de la Galicia medieval (ss. VI-XIII). Un caso de estudio”. Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez. 40-1, pp. 149-170.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (In press), “The creation of ecclesiastical landscapes in early medieval Galicia (Northwest Spain, 5th-10th centuries)”, en: Turner, Sam y O’Carragain, Tomás (Eds), Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe. Conversion and Consolidation in the Early Middle Ages, University of Cork, Cork.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2012), “Castros, castillos y otras fortificaciones en el paisaje sociopolítico de Galicia (siglos IV-XI)”, in: Quirós Castillo, J. A.; Tejado Sebastián, J. M. (eds.), Los castillos altomedievales en el Noroeste de la Península Ibérica, Bilbao, Ediciones Universidad del País Vasco, pp. 29-56.
  • FUMADÓ ORTEGA, I.; SÁNCHEZ-PARDO, J. C. (2013), “Archaeology from aerial archives in Spain and Portugal: two examples from the Atlantic seaboard”, in: Hanson, W. S.; Oltean, I. A. (ed.) Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer. New York.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2011), “Poblamiento en Galicia entre la Antigüedad y la Plena Edad Media. Reflexiones y propuestas sobre la diacronía y diferente naturaleza de los datos espaciales”. En: Mayoral Herrea, V., y Celestino Pérez, S. (Eds.), Tecnologías de información geográfica y análisis arqueológico del territorio: Actas del V Simposio Internacional de Arqueología de Mérida. Anejos de AEspA, LIX. CSIC. Madrid, pp. 263-278.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2009), “Problemi e proposte nello studio diacronico dell'organizzazione spaziale del popolamento. Il caso di Terra de Celanova (Galizia, Spagna)”, in: Macchi Jánica, G. (a cura di), Geografie del popolamento. Casi di studio, metodi e teorie. Atti della giornata di studi, Grosseto 24-26 Settembre 2008. Università degli Studi di Siena. Siena. pp. 229-237.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C.; RODRÍGUEZ RESINO, A. (2009), “Poblamiento rural altomedieval en Galicia: balance y perspectivas de trabajo”, in: Quirós Castillo, J. A. (ed). The Archaeology of Early Medieval Villages in Europe. Documentos de Arqueología e Historia 1. Universidad del País Vasco. Bilbao. pp. 137-147.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2008), Territorio y poblamiento en Galicia entre la Antigüedad y la Plena Edad Media. Doctoral Thesis Published in CD. University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • FARINELLI, R.; CORTI, M.; MARCHESE, L.; SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C. (2008), "Chiese e popolamento nella Tuscia dell'alto Medioevo. Un approccio quantitativo alla documentazione diplomatica altomedievale del monastero di S. Salvatore al Monte Amiata", in: Campana, S.; Felici, C.; Francovich, R.; Gabbrielli, F. (a cura di) Chiese e insediamenti nei secoli di formazione dei paesaggi medievali della Toscana (V-X secolo). Atti del Seminario San Giovanni d'Asso-Montisi, 10-11 novembre 2006. All’insegna del giglio. Firenze. pp. 297-336.
  • SÁNCHEZ PARDO, J. C.; FUMADÓ ORTEGA, I. (2006), “Aerial archaeology in Spain: historiography and expectations”, in: Campana, S.; Forte, M. (ed.) From Space to Place. 2nd International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop, CNR, Rome, Italy, December 4-7, 2006. British Archeological Reports, International Series 1568. Archaeopress, Oxford. pp. 65-71. (abstract, pp. Xli-Xlii).

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