Static archetypes and mobile mountains: Upland landscapes in the historical Mediterranean

Given, M. (2023) Static archetypes and mobile mountains: Upland landscapes in the historical Mediterranean. Historical Archaeology, (doi: 10.1007/s41636-023-00438-8) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Deep-seated mythologies and powerful stereotypes have driven perceptions of mountain landscapes for millennia. Particularly damaging is the concept that mountains and mountain societies are static and stable, in both time and place. A critical approach replaces static and simplistic models of mountain practices with interaction among human and ecological communities within lively mountain landscapes. There are challenges to doing archaeological fieldwork in the mountains, but recent projects have shown how rich highland and rugged landscapes can be in archaeological material, particularly when systematic survey and historical analysis are combined with ethnological and ecological approaches. This is particularly productive when exploring the dynamic relationships among pastoralists, their animals, and their upland grazing grounds. Similarly, focusing on practices and socioecological relationships helps in understanding how human emotional connections with mountains can be expressed through everyday action and performance.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Given, Dr Michael
Authors: Given, M.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Historical Archaeology
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0440-9213
ISSN (Online):2328-1103
Published Online:12 October 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright: © The Author(s) 2023
First Published:First published in Historical Archaeology 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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