Aegean Strategies Studies of Culture and Environment on the European Fringe

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-11-28
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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With a long, detailed historical record, a large corpus of archaeological data, and, more recently, a number of sophisticated analyses of current and previous environmental conditions, the Aegean region of the eastern Mediterranean offers a unique setting to explore the evolution of a landscape through time. As expanding world markets continue to encroach upon even the most remote and delicate ecological zones, anthropologists across all subdisciplines are beginning to find common theoretical and methodological ground within their own discipline and with other ecologically oriented sciences. This volume examines the value of such collaborative research by bringing together archaeologist, cultural anthropologists, ethnoarchaeologists, and ecologists to discuss environmentally related issues that affect the European fringe, with an emphasis on the Aegean region. The contributors bring to light the subtleties involved in understanding the interactive relationship between humans and their environment over time. Students and scholars in a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, ecology, classics, and history, will find this book to be a valuable and original investigation of a dynamic and complex region.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword xi(1)
Acknowledgments xii(1)
Preface xiii(9)
Map of Greece
1. Introduction
P. Nick Kardulias
Mark T. Shutes
I. The Earth Sciences Approach 9(52)
2. A 21st Century Approach to the Reconnaissance and Reconstruction of Archaeological Landscapes
Eberhard Zangger
Horst Leiermann
Wolfgang Noack
Falko Kuhnke
3. Five Thousand Years of Land Use and Abuse in the Southern Argolid, Greece
Tjeerd H. van Andel
Curtis N. Runnels
Kevin O. Pope
II. The Role of Archaeology: Understanding Past Human Interaction with the Environment 61(62)
4. The Cretan Environment: Abused or Just Misunderstood?
Jennifer A. Moody
5. Landscape Archaeology of Medieval and Pre-Modern Greece: The Case of Nemea
Effie F. Athanassopoulos
6. Reconstructing Medieval Site Locations in the Korinthia, Greece
P. Nick Kardulias
III. Ethnographic Studies: Landscapes and Modern Culture 123(172)
7. Greek Sheep, Albanian Shepherds: Hidden Economies in the European Community
Claudia Chang
8. Yours, Mine and Ours: Private and Public Pasture in Greece
Harold A. Koster
9. A "Waste" of Resources: Aspects of Landscape Exploitation in Lowland Greek Agriculture
Hamish Forbes
10. Wild Herbs in the Marketplace: Gathering in Response to Market Demand
Mari H. Clark
11. Working Things Out: On Examining the Relationships Between Agricultural Practice and Social Rules in Ancient Korinthos
Mark T. Shutes
12. Finding Meaning in Modifications of the Environment: the Fields and Orchards of Mani
Peter S. Allen
13. Agrarian Ecology in the Greek Islands: Time Stress, Scale and Risk
Paul Halstead
Glynis Jones
IV. Overview 295(10)
14. Common Ground and Common Good: Four-Field Anthropology along the Margins of Europe
Susan Parman
15. Final Remarks
Mark T. Shutes
P. Nick Kardulias
Index 305(6)
About the Contributors 311

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