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The long-term ecology of agricultural terraces and enclosed fields from Antikythera, Greece

Bevan, AH; Conolly, J; Colledge, S; Frederick, C; Palmer, C; Siddall, R; Stellatou, A; (2013) The long-term ecology of agricultural terraces and enclosed fields from Antikythera, Greece. Human Ecology , 41 (2) pp. 252-272. 10.1007/s10745-012-9552-x. Green open access

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Abstract

Terraces are ubiquitous, in some ways defining, features of Mediterranean environments, yet their longer-­‐term history and relationship to human populations and food economies are not well understood. This paper discusses a complete system of terraces across the small island of Antikythera, Greece. We bring together the evidence from archaeology, ethnography, archival history, botany and geoarchaeology, supported by direct dating of buried terrace soils, and consider terrace investment in relation to major episodes in the island’s punctuated history of human activity. This broad-­‐spectrum approach leads to a range of interesting insights on the spatial structure of terraces, on the degree of correlation between terrace construction and changing human population, and on the implications of terrace abandonment for vegetation and soils.

Type: Article
Title: The long-term ecology of agricultural terraces and enclosed fields from Antikythera, Greece
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10745-012-9552-x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10745-012-9552-x
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at link.springer.com
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1379502
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