Isabel Maria Sanchez Ramos

Isabel Maria Sanchez Ramos
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
Résidents Programme EURIAS

dates de séjour

01/10/2016 - 31/03/2017


Archéologie et préhistoire

Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

Institut Ausonius, Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Cultural identities during the Late Antiquity. The Episcopal territory at the beginning of the medieval landscapes

The project aims at understanding the transformations, the urban planning and structure of Ancient Roman cities in the Mediterranean world between Rome and the Middle Ages. The urban landscape inherited from the classical world and its transformation will be taken as a starting point to understand which elements changed and which persisted in Late Antique Roman cities. In this new reality under construction, Christianity was the most determining and influential element in transforming urban societies.
The spread of early Christianity throughout the territories of the future Europe was essentially based on the establishment of bishoprics, materialized in the construction of large episcopal groups. As bishoprics were the new centres of power, it is key to learn about them to understand the development of medieval cities in Europe and the western Mediterranean.
The ultimate and overall aim of the research is to generate new scientific knowledge of the historical cities complexity and make progress in the research of public architecture that corresponds to religious and civil complexes. The main novelty of her work is the multidisciplinary study and approach of Late Antique cities.
Among the Late Antique Episcopal groups documented by archaeologists in present-day Western Europe, the focus will be placed on Egitania (Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal). The objective of the research is two-fold: on a micro-regional level, to develop a coherent and comprehensive
archaeological reading that enables a better interpretation of the historical sequence; on the macro level, to better understand the development of ecclesiastical complexes in the western Mediterranean (i.e. Italy, France, North Africa and Spain) during Late Antiquity. Such complexes are understood as the main urban reference around which the medieval city developed with the cathedral as its core.


Isabel Sánchez is a consolidated specialist in Archaeology of Late Antiquity and Early Medieval periods. She focus her main research line in the knowledge of landscape transformations of ancient Roman cities in Western Europe between the collapses of Roman Empire to the early medieval times (AD 4th-8th centuries). She has gotten several long-term PhD fellowships and competitive research contracts at internationally renowned institutions like Spanish Research Council at Rome, Centre Camille Jullian at Aix-en-Provence, University of Barcelona and Ausonius Institute, among others. Her career is involvement on international research projects too, and she leads the IdaVe Project at Idanha-a-Velha (Portugal). She has solid professional experience in Archaeological Heritage Management, transferring and organising R&D activities, public dissemination, and in Cultural Heritage projects. She had been invited to participate in several congresses, meetings and various conferences around Europe. Her studies are supported by publications in Spanish and international high–impact factor journal articles (29), chapter of books (49), books (10), books edited (3), reviews (22) and invited talks (49).