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The rural landscape of neopalatial Kythera: A GIS perspective

Bevan, A; (2002) The rural landscape of neopalatial Kythera: A GIS perspective. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology , 15 (2) 217 - 256. 10.1558/jmea.v15i2.217. Green open access

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Abstract

Intensive archaeological survey on the island of Kythera (Greece) has revealed, in unprecedented detail, a landscape of dispersed rural settlements dating to the mid-2nd millennium BC. This paper deploys a series of GIS and spatial analysis techniques to illuminate the way this landscape was structured, in terms of social organization, agriculture and island demography. Discussion begins by quantifying site numbers, size and hierarchy. It then examines patterns of settlement dispersal, highlighting the subsistence strategies probably underpinning such a landscape. Emphasis is placed on reconstructing where possible the dynamics of colonization and the motivations behind site location. A final section proposes population figures for the island and considers a range of site-level interactions.

Type: Article
Title: The rural landscape of neopalatial Kythera: A GIS perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1558/jmea.v15i2.217
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/jmea.v15i2.217
Language: English
Additional information: Full text made available with kind permission of Editor
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/11122
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