Special Issue "Diachronic Landscape Researches. Examples from the Bakırçay River Catchment (West Turkey)"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniel Knitter
Guest Editor
Department of Geography, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Interests: geography; landscape archaeology; geomorphology; philosophy of science; reproducible research
Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schütt
Guest Editor
Department of Earth Sciences, Freie Universitat Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Interests: integrated watershed management; traditional/local water management; soil erosion; palaeohydrology
Assist. Prof. Dr. Beycan Hocaoğlu
Guest Editor
Department of Geography, İzmir Katip Çelebi Üniversitesi, Turkey
Interests: historical geography; urban geography; political geography
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Tozan
Guest Editor
Department of Ancient History, Ege University, Turkey
Interests: historical geography of Western Asia Minor; ancient medicine; Asia Minor under the Roman Republic; the Hellenistic Kingdoms (esp. the Attalids)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The landscape of an area is the result of a long-lasting, continuous process of ecosocial relations. Individual practices, societal structures, cultural norms, and environmental characteristics are the building blocks for the specificity and uniqueness of a landscape.

In this Special Issue, we want to trace the importance and integration of these elements that shape the distinct character of an area by collecting contributions that investigate human–environment relations from a diachronic perspective. Our focus is (a) on the landscape of the environs of Bergama, the modern successor of the ancient city of Pergamon, in Western Turkey and (b) on the catchment of the Bakırçay river (ancient Kaikos). Literature reviews will cover topics of Holocene environmental dynamics and sociocultural development from the prehistory until today. Empirical studies on selected environmental and societal aspects, ranging from pollen analyses to socioeconomic modeling and historical geography, will yield insights to specific local dynamics. More theoretical contributions will focus on the dynamics and functioning of societal transformation processes, ranging from prehistory to the pre-modern era, and the pattern of their societal metabolism.

Dr. Daniel Knitter
Prof. Brigitta Schütt
Assist. Prof. Dr. Beycan Hocaoğlu
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Tozan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Pergamon
  • rural economy
  • Holocene landscape development
  • GIS
  • geography
  • geomorphology
  • landscape archaeology
  • societal metabolism
  • Kaikos/Bakırçay river
  • Western Asia Minor

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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