Prof. Dr. Jorge López Quiroga
April 2023 - September 2023
Research Project: Architecture and Materials of Prestige as Display of power, Status and socio-political Identity in the Iberian Peninsula during Late Antiquity
The research project aims to analyse architecture and the so-called prestige materials as a scenario through elites of Late-Antique Hispania evidence their status and at the same time a channel in which they compete to manifest their power. Architecture and materials of prestige, from our perspective of analysis, also become a mechanism through Late Antique elites in Hispania try to shape an identity in two directions: of a population minority (Goths and Suebi) versus a population majority (Hispano-Romans), and as an element of socio-political differentiation. Regarding architecture, in our perspective of analysis, one could not speak of 'Suevic’ or 'Visigoth' architecture, since there is no element that differentiates it from Late-Roman and Late-Antique architecture. For the elites architecture is a common scenario for demonstrating their power and economic, social and political prestige. We observe a clear oriental influence in this architecture during Late Antiquity through constructive forms, architectural solutions and decorative elements that have a clear origin in Byzantine models. Prestige materials in Late Antiquity Hispania have generally been considered as a reflection of the growing power and influence of Christianity and as evidence of the physical presence and ethnic identity of the barbarian elites. The vision that related these prestige materials with a supposed identity that would show the ethnic group, to which the individuals who carried such objects would belong, is today completely surpassed. These objects denote evidently a social and economic status, but above all they are showing a common way of expressing social status.
Prof. Dr. Jorge López Quiroga is Full Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the Autonomous University of Madrid since 2022, having previously been Allocataire de Recherche (University of Paris IV), A.T.E.R. in Medieval History (University of La Rochelle), Research Assistant (University of Alcalá de Henares), Doctor in Medieval History (University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV), Geography and History (University of Santiago de Compostela, USC) and European Doctor (USC). He is former Member of the Casa de Velázquez and former Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, among other various post-doctoral research grants. He has been a visiting professor at various European and American universities. He was Director of the Spanish Archaeological Mission in Conimbriga (Portugal) and Explorer Research Grant of the National Geographic Society. He is also Member of the National Society of Antiquaries of France, based at the Louvre Museum (Paris) and Associate Member of the Michel de Boüard Center (Centre for Ancient and Medieval Historical and Archaeological Research, CRAHAM-University of Caen-CNRS). He has directed, as principal investigator, twenty national and international scientific projects. He is the author of about twenty monographs, as author, editor and/or coordinator, as well as one hundred and fifty articles, book chapters and publications in Proceedings of National and International Scientific Congresses. He was also curator of the exhibition “In Tempore Sueborum. El tiempo de los Suevos en la Gallaecia (411-585)”, held between December 2017 and May 2018. For more than thirty years his research has focused on Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in the Iberian Peninsula.
López Quiroga, Jorge / Ríos Frutos, Luis, eds., (2022), Bioarchaeology of Injuries and Violence in Late Antiquity and Early Medieval Europe, Oxford: BAR Publishing.
López Quiroga, Jorge (2018), In Tempore Sueborum. El tiempo de los Suevos en la Gallaecia (411-585). El primer reino medieval de Occidente. Volume of Studies, Ourense: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Diputación Provincial de Ourens.
López Quiroga, Jorge / Martínez Tejera, Artemio M., eds., (2017a), In Tempore Sueborum. El tiempo de los Suevos en la Gallaecia (411-585). El primer reino medieval de Occidente (Exhibition Catalogue Ourense, December 15th, 2017 to May 15th, 2018), Ourense: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Diputación Provincial de Ourense.
López Quiroga, Jorge / Kazanski, Michel / Ivanišević, Vujadin, eds., (2017b), Entangled Identities and Otherness in Late Antiquity and Early Medieval Europe. Historical, Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Approaches, Oxford: BAR Publishing.
López Quiroga, Jorge (2017c), “Late Antique and Early Medieval rupestrian monasticism in the Iberian Peninsula. Landscapes and material contexts of the rupestrian settlements”, Hortus, Artium, Medievalium 23/1, 77-95.
López Quiroga, Jorge (2016), “Early Byzantine Urban Landscapes in the Southwest and Southeast Mediterranean”, Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies held at Belgrade 2016, 69-106.
López Quiroga, Jorge, ed., (2013a), Conimbriga tardo-antigua y medieval. Excavaciones arqueológicas en la ‘domus tancinus’ (2004-2008) (Condeixa-a-Velha, Portugal), Oxford: BAR Publishing.
López Quiroga, Jorge / Brandt, Olof / Cresci, Silvia / Pappalardo, Carmelo, eds., (2013b), Ciuitas, episcopus, territorium (Acta XV Congressvs Internationalis Archaeologicae Christianae, Studi di Antichità Cristiana LXV), Città del Vaticano: Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana.
López Quiroga, Jorge (2010), Arqueología del mundo funerario en la Península Ibérica (siglos V-X), Madrid: Ediciones La Ergástula.
López Quiroga, Jorge (2004), El final de la Antigüedad en la 'Gallaecia’: la transformación de las estructuras de poblamiento entre Miño y Duero (ss. V-X), A Coruña: Fundación Barrié de La Maza.