The urbanism of the califal suburbs of Qurtuba through the water

On Tuesday, December 4th we had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Belén Vázquez Navajas in the course of conferences that develop in Casa Árabe “News of archeology in al-Andalus: a sight from Qurtuba. Its speech dealt with the hydraulic archeology   in the western suburbs of Córdoba.

Its intervention began with a review of Islamic urbanism and its direct relationship with  hydraulic structures that are in the excavations as an indissoluble element. Thus, it showed us how, thanks to this union, conclusions can be drawn at a general level of  what the Andalusian street would look like, cataloging it as ordered and previously projected.

The research has allowed to establish three patterns of behavior when analyzing urbanism in conjunction with hydraulic archeology:

  • To determine the initial process of occupation and construction of a suburb.
  • To identify the later constructions.
  • To observe the internal transformations of each of these households.

With all that, we concluded that: both the scoring of evacuation of water and the wells were projected from the beginning. Whereas, we can observe that the manufacture of these elements is different in each neighborhood of the three selected for the study.

With the passage of time the houses are divided and there are some elements such as dividing wells, recharged scorings and enclosured of streets.