Commotion, collaboration, conviviality: Mediterranean survey and the interpretation of landscape

Given, M. (2013) Commotion, collaboration, conviviality: Mediterranean survey and the interpretation of landscape. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 26(1), pp. 3-26. (doi: 10.1558/jmea.v26i1.3)

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Over the last three decades, Mediterranean survey projects have established a broadly agreed methodology, a wide awareness of the invaluable contribution made by intensive survey, and a wealth of data from across the region. Where they have made less progress is in the interpretation of artefact density figures and other findings to go beyond the dots on the map and gain insights into past human lives, the complexity of past landscapes, and the relationship between people and the environment. The key to this is engaging with theories that connect humans and non-humans. In this article I use the term commotion to suggest the constant and continually changing lines of mobility and interaction that constitute the landscape. Collaboration is the ongoing creation and transformation of place through the elaborately intertwined work of people, animals, plants, soils, water, weather, rocks and landforms. Conviviality stands for the life-giving creativity and transformation that is constantly proliferating from the intricate association and interaction with other beings, both human and non-human. My examples come from the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, an interdisciplinary and multi-period project working on the northern edge of the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Cyprus, landscape, archaeology, survey, interaction, material agency
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Given, Dr Michael
Authors: Given, M.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology
Publisher:Equinox Publishing
ISSN (Online):1743-1700

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