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CALL. 31.08.2017: Economy and the Maritime Cultural Landscape of Greece (19th International Congress




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

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Michael J Curtis (University of Nottingham) ; Richard Takkou-Neofytou (University of Nottingham)

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We would like to draw your attention to our panel at AIAC 2018 entitled the Economy and the Maritime Cultural Landscape of Greece and the open call for papers.

Our understanding of the relationship between humans and the waters off ancient and historical Greece is still something of an enigma and we invite interested parties to propose papers for this panel session.

Panel 5.3. Economy and the Maritime Cultural Landscape of Greece

This double panel session will look at the ancient coastal settlements of Greece from the perspective of the maritime cultural landscape. These settlements were economically important, and often, the first points of contact for seafarers seeking trading centres that played a part in the development and growth of local, regional and wider ranging economies. In addition to trade and commerce the coastal settlements also were often the first point of contact for political and religious influences, supported in part by the movement of people as traders, travellers and as migrants. Their roles sometimes changed in times of war and peace and they became places where technological advancement can be seen as it was used to change and manipulate the local natural environment.

This panel is split into two parts. The aim of the first panel session is to move away from the traditional approach of looking at coastal sites individually and to consider sites and monuments, both terrestrial and underwater, as part of a wider cultural landscape. The session will explore the economic, political, religious, social, technical, industrial and environmental aspects of this landscape.

The second panel takes the maritime cultural landscape theoretical perspectives looked at in the first panel, and applies them to a regional and diachronic case study: namely, the Ionian Islands and its adjacent regions, during the Late Bronze Age up to the Classical Period. The panel will look to explore the reasons behind multi-regional shared cultural traits in terms of the material culture, deathscapes, and social aesthetics – produced via distribution. By looking at the archaeology of this region scholars are starting to pin point rough markers that facilitate social change/adoption, but further, how the sphere of maritime economic activity overlaps the sphere of cultural affiliation networks.

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