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Social landscapes and social space: the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project

Knapp, A.B., and Given, M. (2004) Social landscapes and social space: the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project. In: Iacovou, M. (ed.) Archaeological Field Survey in Cyprus: Past History, Future Potentials. Series: British School at Athens Studies (11). British School at Athens, Athens, pp. 77-93. ISBN 9780904887464

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Abstract

In five seasons of fieldwork (1992-1997), the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project (SCSP) carried out an intensive archaeological survey in the north-central foothills of the Troodos Mountains, in a region where Cyprus’s copper sulphide ore deposits lie in close proximity to the fertile agricultural plain. SCSP explored the relationship between the production and distribution of agricultural and metallurgical resources, on the one hand, and the changing configurations of a complex society, on the other. SCSP sought not only to locate sites, but also to examine social and spatial relationships: we considered how humans impacted on the landscape, and in turn how space and natural resources impacted on sociocultural development and change. This study summarises some of SCSP’s final results and discusses them in terms of the social landscape. One important message is that regional survey archaeology can benefit from focusing on the active role of material culture as well as the spatial and social components — individuals, households and communities — that configure and infuse social meaning into past landscapes.

Item Type:Book Section
Keywords:survey, Cyprus, landscape
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knapp, Prof A Bernard and Given, Dr Michael
Authors: Knapp, A.B., and Given, M.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Research Group:Mediterranean Archaeology
Publisher:British School at Athens
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
282444Troodos Archaeological Survey Project - CyprusA Bernard KnappArts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB)14633/1HU - ARCHAEOLOGY