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Meaning and Identity in a Greek Landscape
An Archaeological Ethnography

  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107410701


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  • In this study, Hamish Forbes explores how Greek villagers have understood and reacted to their landscapes over the centuries, from the late medieval period to the present. Analyzing how they have seen themselves belonging to their local communities and within both local and wider landscapes, Forbes examines how these aspects of belonging have informed each other. Forbes also illuminates cross-disciplinary interests in memory and the importance of monuments. Based on data gathered over 25 years, Forbes' study combines the rich detail of ethnographic field work with historical and archaeological time-depth, showing how landscapes have important meaning beyond the religious sphere in terms of kinship, ideas about the past, and in their role as productive assets.

    • An interdisciplinary approach including ethnographic and archaeological research conducted over 25 years
    • Illuminates current interests in the study of memory and monumentality
    • Complements classic large-scale studies of Mediterranean society in its landscapes and environments
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    Review of the hardback: '… one can only be grateful to Forbes that decades of experiencing the cultures of Methana from the inside allow him to share with us here both the 'language' and 'literature' of its landscapes.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107410701
    • length: 462 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Landscape studies
    3. Historical background to the landscape of Methana
    4. Conducting fieldwork on Methana
    5. Kinship, marriage, and the transmission of names and property
    6. The productive landscape
    7. The historical landscape: memory, monumentality, and time-depth
    8. The kinship landscape
    9. The religious landscape
    10. Conclusions: a Greek landscape with relatives.

  • Author

    Hamish Forbes, University of Nottingham

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