Survey of Standing Remains
The modern city of Nájera traces its origins to the Islamic period, though there may have been some limited occupation in the later Roman period. The city today preserves a number of important medieval structures in whole or in part, which include
portions of the Romanesque church of Santa María la Real, elements of 12th and 13th century houses, the wall around the Jewish settlement on the hill of Malpica, foundations of the castle on the Cerro de la Mota, and portions of the 15th century city wall. In the summer of 2015 we began the documentation of these remains and a comprehensive documentary study to aid us in identifying elements of the medieval urban fabric.
This information is then incorporated into a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the city, which includes contemporary topographic data and information digitized from historic maps. The ultimate goal is the creation of a 3D model of the city at various stages in its history from 1000 CE to 1500 CE. This is intended as a tool to help us better understand the urban history of the site and the changes it experienced over time. It will allow us to analyze changing patterns of traffic, visibility of urban monuments, and the relationship between city and hinterland. We are planning to expand on this core with additional remote sensing work, such as drone mapping and geophysical prospection in the area of the later Jewish Quarter to reveal additional features that can then be incorporated into our model.