At the same time, the renewals in research directions and in interdisciplinarity studies, as well as numerous palaeoenvironmental studies, should give us a better understanding of settlements within their environment.
The aim of this session is to put together experiences from different geographical areas, not only pointing out relations between rural sites and their immediate environment but also the diversity of the habitats.
Papers could also concern site reports and regional studies putting the settlement in its social and economic context (environment) and studying hierarchical criteria.
Finally, relationships between settlements within the same zone could be considered in term of their impact on the management of their territory.Session 1 : Occupation and management of soil and ressources. The aim of this session is to better understand settlements and their environment, but also the rural spatial organisation in which they are established. Examples from diverse territories will allow us to consider the way diversified resources (including maritimes resources, forestry, etc.) are managed by medieval societies and their impact on soil management. Long term and Multidisciplinary Regional and territorial studies will be priviledged. Session 2 : Rural settlements ; function and status. Numerous excavations of rural settlements reveal a great diversity of occupations also territories, whatever their scales. These data allow us today to point out the hierarchy of these habitats and the relationships between them. Papers will show the diversity and relationships between settlements on a regional scale, taking into account structuration structures (roads, ditches, burial places, cultivated lands, environmental data….). Session 3 : Internal organisation of the habitats At the core of rural settlements, certain components play a strong structuring role : roads, ditches, fields systems, churches, privileged farms… The studies - essentially site reports - will highlight the impact of these elements on the internal organisation and evolution of the habitat, and on the eventual perenniality of some occupations or activities.