Tomás Cordero Ruiz

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In 2015, I obtained a post-doctoral scholarship at the Institute for Medieval Studies (NOVA FCSH), thanks to which I was able to develop my research project: Change and continuity in rural Early Medieval Hispania. Comparative multidisciplinary approach to the countryside’s of Egitania (Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal) and Emerita (Mérida, Spain). The working hypothesis that we proposed as the basis of our research was the product of the work carried out in the territory of Emerita and argues that the high medieval countryside was organised in a complex system of settlements that varied from one region to another in the Iberian Peninsula. In this way, the project compared the change and continuity of the territories of Emerita and Egitania between the 4th and 8th centuries. 
In 2018, I obtained a Researcher contract at NOVA FCHS, attached to the Institute for Medieval Studies (IEM). Since then, I have focused much of my research activity on different research projects. On the one hand, the continuity of the project Change and continuity in rural early medieval Hispania. A comparative multidisciplinary approach to the fields of Egitania (Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal) and Emerita (Mérida, Spain). On the other hand, Continuity, transformation and change. A multidisciplinary approach to the study of the rural world between the Tagus and Mondego rivers in the early medieval period (ss. IV-VIII). Both projects are interrelated and try to deepen the analysis of the political, social, economic and cultural relations established between urban and rural communities during the High Middle Ages. Furthermore, it is important to highlight the interdisciplinary character of the research carried out, where both the application of non-invasive archaeological analysis and the work related to the valorisation of the Cultural Heritage of the analysed territories should be highlighted.