Editors: Alberto García Porras, Chloë N. Duckworth, David J. Govantes-Edwards
ISBN: 9781783276813
Format: Hardback
Extent: 197 pp
Price:  £45.00
Publication: February 2022
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer


Industrial Activity in Early Modern Granada

The Alhambra is one of the most famous archaeological sites worldwide, yet knowledge of it remains very partial, focussing on the medieval palaces. Other aspects of the site are virtually unknown, not only to the general public but to archaeologists and historians as well. This book addresses the imbalance, examining the Secano, the urban and industrial zone adjacent to the palaces.

The Royal Workshops of the Almambra addresses this imbalance, examining the urban and industrial zone adjacent to the palaces. Once the most densely populated and extensive area of the complex, this zone, the Secano, contained houses, tanneries, and workshops including a considerable number of pyrotechnological facilities for the production of metal, glass and ceramic items.

Presenting the results of the Royal Workshops of the Alhambra (UNESCO World Heritage Site) project, the book gives a much-needed insight into the industrial sector of the Alhambra. Crucially, the project focusses on the early modern era, when the manufacture of ceramic, glass and metal actually reached their peak. The opening chapters set the archaeological work and the Secano in context and discuss the methodology for archaeological investigation of pyrotechnological activity; while further chapters present the results of the research.

Drawing on both traditional and ground-breaking survey and excavation techniques, the book provides an invaluable wide-lens picture of the palatial city.