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CALL. 31.08.2017: New views for old cities: settlement, survey, and legacy data towards a holistic e


Narratives of the urban and rural economies often focus on a single scale of analysis, trying to answer questions with either regional or site-specific data rather than a synthesis of the two. The divide in archaeological methods between the techniques of surface survey and those of settlement excavation, exacerbated by the administrative separation between many excavation and survey projects, has contributed to a disjunction between regional and site-specific histories in academic scholarship. The challenge of creating complementary narratives of economic development in the city and countryside is intensified by a temporal divide in the collection of the data: urban and rural datasets are rarely produced in unison. The integration of various legacy data, spanning the past century of field work, is often crucial when producing a holistic picture of ancient economic activity on multiple scales.



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Gürzenich Köln (Cologne, Germany) - Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Bonn, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Andrew Cabaniss (University of Michigan) ; Troy Samuels (University of Michigan)

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Constructing narratives about the modes and intensities of production, distribution, and consumption requires controlled methods of multiscalar comparison in order to successfully interpolate coherent conclusions about social and economic processes. The goal of this session is to bring new perspectives to studies of economic activity that place survey and excavation data in dialogue and suggest avenues for the further integration of multiscalar and legacy data into the study of the economic past.

The papers of this session will deploy novel methodologies that integrate multiple scales of data in analyses grounded in a holistic approach to regions and settlements. Rather than perpetuating the disciplinary divide between rural and urban economies through the continued separation of survey and excavation data, this session will propose new avenues for approaching economic questions that allow for the use of all available data: rural or urban, old or new, survey or excavation.

You can apply to participate in one of the proposed panels or in one of the 12 sessions. For either, an abstract must be submitted for review (max. 1500 characters, including spaces). Each paper will be alloted 20 minutes.

Submission (deadline 31 August 2017)

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