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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

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

Anthony Snodgrass

Edinburgh University Press

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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