Joining the dots: continuous survey, routine practice and the intepretation of a Cypriot landscape (with interactive GIS and integrated data archive)

Given, M. , Corley, H. and Sollars, L. (2007) Joining the dots: continuous survey, routine practice and the intepretation of a Cypriot landscape (with interactive GIS and integrated data archive). Internet Archaeology, 20,

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One of the major challenges facing intensive surface survey, even after some 30 years of development, is how to interpret surface artefact scatters in terms of past human activities and relationships. How can we combine the wealth of systematically collected survey data with the interpretative sophistication of contemporary landscape theory? This study uses web-based GIS and database technologies to provide a complete landscape data set and a fully integrated interpretative text carefully grounded in current landscape theory. The material comes from the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, which carried out intensive survey in the northern foothills of the Troodos Mountains in central Cyprus between 2000 and 2004. This survey covered all periods from the Neolithic to the present day, a wide range of topographical and environmental contexts, and a broad spectrum of disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise. In this study we focus on some core themes, particularly the relationship between farming and mining, the control of production, and the spatial differentiation of human activity across the landscape. By interpreting the material traces of routine practices such as labour and subsistence, we attempt to reconstruct social landscapes of the past.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Online publication only, with interactive GIS-based maps and links to a searchable database
Keywords:Survey, landscape, routine practice, Cyprus, GIS
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Corley, Mr Hugh and Given, Dr Michael and Sollars, Dr Luke
Authors: Given, M., Corley, H., and Sollars, L.
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
Journal Name:Internet Archaeology
ISSN (Online):1363-5387
Published Online:18 July 2007

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
416941Troodos archaeological and environmental survey project - interpreting the TAESP landscapeMichael GivenArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)ICT STRATEGY PRHU - ARCHAEOLOGY
282444Troodos Archaeological Survey Project - CyprusA Bernard KnappArts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB)14633/1HU - ARCHAEOLOGY