Mediterranean Valley

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From the lakeside encampment of Stone Age scavengers three-quarters of a million years ago to the problems facing modern-day farmers, A Mediterranean Valley documents the long-term settlement history of the Biferno Valley in central-southern Italy, analysing the symbiotic relationship of its landscape and its inhabitants. Integrating the techniques of archaeology, history and geography, this volume traces the history of human settlement in the Valley and shows how it is inextricably linked to the parallel story of landscape development. Unique in its geographical and historical time-scale, the Biferno Valley project is widely cited within the archaeological community and is considered the best example to date of the importance of human settlement in shaping the Mediterranean landscape.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718519063
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Series: Live Theory Ser.
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on the Biferno Valley Survey
List of contributors
List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface and acknowledgements
1 Approaches to Mediterranean landscape history 1
2 The Biferno valley: the modern landscape 17
3 The Biferno Valley Survey: methodologies 40
4 The natural landscape and its evolution 62
5 Early prehistoric settlement 84
6 The first agricultural communities 98
7 The settlement expansion of the 2nd millennium bc 132
8 Iron age chiefdoms (c.1000-500 BC) 159
9 Pentri, Frentani and the beginnings of urbanization (c.500-80 BC) 181
10 Roman towns and territories (c.80 BC-AD 600) 213
11 The evolution of hilltop villages (AD 600-1500) 254
12 Feudalism and the 'Southern Question' (AD 1500 to the present) 286
13 Retrospect: the evolution of a Mediterranean landscape 308
Bibliography 316
Index 344
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