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Terraced fields and Mediterranean landscape structure: An analytical case study from Antikythera, Greece

Bevan, A; Conolly, J; (2011) Terraced fields and Mediterranean landscape structure: An analytical case study from Antikythera, Greece. Ecological Modelling , 222 (7) 1303 - 1314. 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.12.016.

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Abstract

Terraces are important capital investments in a range of agricultural landscapes worldwide, typically enduring well beyond any single farming cycle and over many human generations. This paper begins by emphasising that, while human population growth may often be loosely linked to terrace construction efforts, the association is by no means a straightforward one. We then argue that the choice of which parts of the landscape to terrace is driven by a range of cultural and environmental priorities that are most usefully explored by a combination of global, local and auto-correlative modelling, as well as via simulation-based methods. The results demonstrate that surficial geology, terrain slope, preexisting terraces and pre-existing patterns of human habitation are all important structuring features. We also consider terraces as method for soil conservation, question the uncritical use of meso-scale erosion models and argue that patterns of catastrophic soil loss are often overstated in Mediterranean contexts. However, erosion modelling can, if deployed cautiously and comparatively, nonetheless be used to explore ways in which terraces do indeed manage localised soil movement in agriculturally favoured parts of the landscape, with our results suggesting that a substantial proportion of the erosion in this regions is indeed ameliorated by such measures.

Type: Article
Title: Terraced fields and Mediterranean landscape structure: An analytical case study from Antikythera, Greece
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.12.016
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.12.016
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1328929
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