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Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece$
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Anthony Snodgrass

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623334

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623334.001.0001

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Survey Archaeology and the Rural Landscape of the Greek City

Survey Archaeology and the Rural Landscape of the Greek City

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(p.446) Chapter 24 Survey Archaeology and the Rural Landscape of the Greek City
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Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece
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Anthony Snodgrass

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623334.003.0024

The revelation that, in Boeotia and certain other areas of Aegean Greece, the classical Greek countryside was covered by a network of small but closely-spaced activity areas was clearly apparent by 1990. A degree of support for this basic finding is claimed from many other survey projects in Greece; but for the interpretation of the finding, that the ‘activity areas’ are in fact the remnants of isolated farmsteads, occupied at least seasonally by agriculturalists, a much more dramatic confirmation came a few years later, with the publication of Hans Lohmann's work in a different part of Greece, southeastern Attica. Archaeological survey, pioneered in very different conditions and for very different purposes elsewhere, has come to fill a specific need in Mediterranean archaeology. It is uniquely adapted to cope with the long-standing void of relative ignorance in our understanding of the rural landscape of the ancient Greek city. There was a common practice of locating very intensive in-field cultivation, of the nature of gardening more often than agriculture, in the immediate vicinity of a Greek town or farm.

Keywords:   Greece, Attica, archaeological survey, agriculture, rural landscape, archaeology, farmsteads, Boeotia, countryside, Hans Lohmann

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