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The Cypriot Extra-Urban Sanctuary as a Central Place: the Case of Agia Irini

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Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus, P.O. Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus
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Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet) Stockholm, Fredsgatan 2, P.O. Box 16008, 10321 Stockholm, Sweden
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Land 2018, 7(4), 139; https://doi.org/10.3390/land7040139
Received: 11 October 2018 / Revised: 9 November 2018 / Accepted: 13 November 2018 / Published: 16 November 2018
This article contributes to the ongoing debate on the relationship between sanctuaries and the territoriality of the Iron Age polities of Cyprus. The sanctuary site of Agia Irini, at the locality Alonia, is used as a case-study to test hypotheses regarding the connection between extra-urban sacred space and the formation of political and cultural identities. After a short introduction to the theme, a combination of archaeological (context and iconography) and geographic data is implemented in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses in order to contextualise the centrality of this sanctuary within its political, economic, cultural and symbolic landscapes. The discussion proceeds with the examination of pottery evidence from the sanctuary, both published and unpublished, in order to reveal if and how site based analysis of a category of material may help to further reveal the significance of this sanctuary as a central place, albeit lying in an un-central landscape. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cypriot archaeology; Mediterranean archaeology; landscape archaeology; central places; sacred space; political power; economy; religion; ideology; ancient sanctuaries Cypriot archaeology; Mediterranean archaeology; landscape archaeology; central places; sacred space; political power; economy; religion; ideology; ancient sanctuaries
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Papantoniou, G.; Bourogiannis, G. The Cypriot Extra-Urban Sanctuary as a Central Place: the Case of Agia Irini. Land 2018, 7, 139.

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