Attending to place and time: Seasonality in Early Modern Scotland and Cyprus

Given, M. (2020) Attending to place and time: Seasonality in Early Modern Scotland and Cyprus. European Journal of Archaeology, 23(3), pp. 451-472. (doi: 10.1017/eaa.2020.5)

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Far from being a simple annual round determined by the calendar, seasonality in human societies is a complex system of interdependence between humans and non-humans. It requires close attentiveness to the variability of soils, weather, topography, plants, and animals across both time and space. In this article, the author investigates mobile systems of interdependence that take advantage of topographical and seasonal variation. He uses a range of case studies from early modern Scotland and Cyprus, focusing on summer grazing in the uplands and lowland agriculture carried out by mountain communities. After a comparative discussion of seasonality, the article examines the role of topography and movement, and then puts the ‘margins at the centre’ in order to highlight the central role played by seasonal activity and movement in rural society.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under grant number RG/4164/14633. The Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot project was supported by Historic Environment Scotland under grant number 53552.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Given, Dr Michael
Authors: Given, M.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:European Journal of Archaeology
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1741-2722
Published Online:16 March 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 European Association of Archaeologists
First Published:First published in European Journal of Archaeology 23(3):451-472
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
142155Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) Project.Kenneth BrophyHistoric Scotland (HIS-SC-PAI)003378246/53552Arts - Archaeology