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Global archaeology and microhistorical analysis. Connecting scales in the 1st-milennium B.C. Mediterranean

Riva, Corinna; Grau Mira, Ignasi; (2022) Global archaeology and microhistorical analysis. Connecting scales in the 1st-milennium B.C. Mediterranean. Archaeological Dialogues , 29 (1) pp. 1-14. 10.1017/S1380203822000101. Green open access

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Abstract

Recently, voices have been raised regarding the challenges of Big Data-driven global approaches, including the realization that exclusively tackling the global scale masks social and historical realities. While multi-scalar analyses have confronted this problem, the effects of global approaches are being felt. We highlight one of these effects: as classical scholarship struggles to decolonize itself, the ancient Mediterranean in global archaeology pivots around the Graeco-Roman world only, marginalizing the non-classical Mediterranean, thus foiling attempts at promoting post-colonial perspectives. In highlighting this, our aim is twofold: first, to invigorate the debate on multi-scalar approaches, proposing to incorporate microhistory into archaeological analysis; second, to use the non-classical Mediterranean to demonstrate that historical depth at a micro level is essential to augment that power in our interpretations.

Type: Article
Title: Global archaeology and microhistorical analysis. Connecting scales in the 1st-milennium B.C. Mediterranean
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1380203822000101
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1380203822000101
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Big Data; non-classical Mediterranean; microhistory; multi-scalar analysis; urbanism; citizenship
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10144365
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