Rural Landscapes of the Punic World

van Dommelen, P. and Gómez Bellard, C. (2008) Rural Landscapes of the Punic World. Series: Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology (11). Equinox: London, UK. ISBN 9781845532703

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Abstract

Phoenician and Punic archaeology have long been overlooked by Mediterranean archaeologists, who focused their attention on Greek and Roman cultures. Although the Punic cities and their rural landscapes are to be found along the southern shores and on the islands of the western Mediterranean basin, comprehensive studies of these archaeological remains are virtually non-existent. It is the aim of this book to investigate Punic rural settlement in the western Mediterranean by bringing together and comparing the currently dispersed existing evidence for rural Punic settlement. The core of the volume is accordingly made up by a detailed discussion of the archaeological evidence for Punic rural settlement from Sardinia, Sicily, Ibiza, mainland Spain and North Africa. Because agriculture and agrarian produce have always been assumed to have played a critical role in the Carthaginian colonial expansion, the connections between the various colonial contexts and the local characteristics of rural organisation explored in detail in order to enhance our understanding of these colonial contexts. This in turn provideS better insight in Carthaginian colonialism and local Punic rural settlement and their role in the wider Mediterranean context. By publishing this evidence and these interpretations in English, we hope to draw attention to Punic archaeology in general and to these rural studies in particular and to situate them in the wider Mediterranean context of both classical Antiquity and Mediterranean archaeology.

Item Type:Books
Additional Information:Contents and contributing authors: 1. Defining the Punic World and its Rural Contexts 2. Rereading Punic Agriculture: Representation, Analogy and Ideology in the Classical Sources Véronique Krings 3. Ibiza: the Making of New Landscapes Carlos Gómez Bellard 4. The Iberian Peninsula: Landscapes of Tradition José Luis López Castro 5. North Africa: Rural Settlement and Agricultural Production Elizabeth Fentress and Roald F. Docter 6. Sicily and Malta: between Sea and Countryside Antonella Spanò Giammellaro, Francesca Spatafora and Peter van Dommelen 7. Sardinia: Diverging Landscapes Peter van Dommelen and Stefano Finocchi 8. Agrarian Landscapes and Rural Communities 9. Conclusions: Rural Landscapes of the Punic World
Keywords:Phoenician-Punic archaeology, Sardinia, Sicily, Ibiza, Iberia, Carthage, rural landscapes
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:van Dommelen, Prof Peter
Authors: van Dommelen, P., and Gómez Bellard, C.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Publisher:Equinox
ISBN:9781845532703
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