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Title: Households, hierarchies, territories and landscapes in Bronze Age and Iron Age Greece
Authors: Foxhall, Lin
First Published: Jan-2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Foxhall, L, Households, hierarchies, territories and landscapes in Bronze Age and Iron Age Greece, ed. Knapp, AB;van Dommelen, P, 'The Cambridge Prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean', Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 417-436
Abstract: This chapter investigates how the socio-political meanings and the practical significance of land were entwined in Bronze and Iron Age Greece to shape landscapes and territories by approaching settlement hierarchies from a new perspective. In virtually all ‘Mediterranean’ societies, in all periods, it is households, in dialectic relationships with community, state and other agents, that inhabit, cultivate, exploit and, ultimately, shape a major portion of both rural and ‘urban’ landscapes. The aggregate of household decisions, therefore, plays a key role in the formation of the archaeological landscape record for any specific society or period. Local concepts of household, property and succession varied, along with the socio-political conventions that regulated access to land and labour: households were set in quite different kinds of political systems over the course of the Bronze and Iron Ages. It was the enactment of these local habits in their spatial and political settings that built territories. ‘Territory’, however, was not the monolithic imposition of omnipotent state power penetrating all sectors of a landscape, even in the relatively centralized states of the Aegean Bronze Age. Rather it is more of a spectrum with fuzzy edges, with more or less control over particular places or people.
ISBN: 9780521766883
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Cambridge University Press. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo for 6 months from the date of publication.
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