Flowing rock, dancing around trees: conviviality and the landscape of Cyprus

Given, M. (2022) Flowing rock, dancing around trees: conviviality and the landscape of Cyprus. Near Eastern Archaeology, 85(1), pp. 4-11. (doi: 10.1086/718373)

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Rocks and trees are often central to the lives of human communities: their role is far more complex and meaningful than supplying resources, status, or symbolism. In a convivial landscape, rocks, trees, and people are deeply connected, showing elaborate and powerful interdependencies. In this article I explore the idea of conviviality through a series of examples from Archaic to early twentieth-century Cyprus. The Acropolis cliffs of Kourion show the fluidity of rock, constantly changing because of the effects of water, weather, and humanity. In the northern Troodos Mountains, trees and people have been highly interconnected: when human activities are relatively diverse and small-scale, the ensuing relationships are resilient and healthy for the whole socioecological community. Human societies can recognize and celebrate this conviviality through stories that grow up around particular rocks and trees, or through rituals focused on sacred stones or enacted by dancing around trees.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Given, Dr Michael
Authors: Given, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Near Eastern Archaeology
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
ISSN (Online):2325-5404
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 by the American Society of Overseas Research
First Published:First published in Near Eastern Archaeology 85(1): 4-11
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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