Central Places and Un-Central Landscapes

Political Economies and Natural Resources in the Longue Durée

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April 2019
314 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-678-3 (Paperback)
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This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Central Places and Un-Central Landscapes: Political Economies and Natural Resources in the Longue Durée that was published in

Business & Economics
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This volume examines the applicability of central place theory in contemporary archaeological practice and thought in light of ongoing developments in landscape archaeology, by bringing together ‘central places’ and ‘un-central landscapes’ and by grasping diachronically the complex relation between town and country, as shaped by political economies and the availability of natural resources. Moving away from model-bounded approaches, central place theory is used more flexibly to include all the places that may have functioned as loci of economic or ideological centrality (even in a local context) in the past. Fourteen chapters examine centrality and un-central landscapes from Prehistory to the late Middle Ages in different geographical contexts, from Cyprus and the Levant, through Greece and the Balkans to Italy, France, and Germany.
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Cyprus; Bronze Age; site location; resource procurement; metals trade; political economy; connectivity; central places; central flow theory; nodal points; central place; social networks; landscape archaeology; settlement location; interaction; hunting; eschatia; bird hunting; landscape archaeology; Populonia; settlement organization; supply basin; central place; hilltop fortresses; liminal landscape; connectivity; viewshed analysis; sacred areas; South-Eastern Provence; Marseille; Arles; centrality; gateways; ancient port cities; trading mechanisms; political economy; Cyprus; Bronze Age; water; materiality; new materialisms; entanglements; assemblages; networks; central place theory; Byzantine bath-houses; medieval Crete; Byzantine settlements of eastern Crete; urban culture of Byzantium; church architecture; Secular Byzantine architecture; Byzantine Mochlos; Timacum Minus; Moesia Superior; central place theory; centrality; Roman urbanism; settlement status; Roman mining; Cypriot archaeology; Mediterranean archaeology; landscape archaeology; central places; sacred space; political power; economy; religion; ideology; ancient sanctuaries; byzantine and medieval Peloponnese; byzantine and medieval port towns; central place theory; networks; economy; trade links; Cyprus; Roman archaeology; Roman imperialism; island and coastal archaeology; identity; urbanism; central place theory; connectivity; maritime cultural landscapes; Cyprus; landscape archaeology; surface survey; river valley; settlement organisation; aridity; marginality; landscape archaeology; Marmarica (NW-Egypt); Hauran (Syria/Jordan); Graeco-Roman period; spatial scales in networks; network relationship qualities; interaction; resource management; n/a