Watery Entanglements in the Cypriot Hinterland

Steel, Louise (2018) Watery Entanglements in the Cypriot Hinterland. Special Issue of the Open Access Journal Land: "Central Places and Un-Central Landscapes: Political Economies and Natural Resources in the Longue Durée" (edited by G. Papantoniou and A.K. Vionis):, 7 (3). ISSN 2073-445X

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This paper examines how water shaped people’s interaction with the landscape in Cyprus during the Bronze Age. The theoretical approach is drawn from the new materialisms, effectively a ‘turn to matter’, which emphasises the very materiality of the world and challenges the privileged position of human agents over the rest of the environment. The paper specifically moves away from more traditional approaches to landscape archaeology, such as central place theory and more recently network theory, which serve to separate and distance people from the physical world they live in, and indeed are a part of; instead it focuses on an approach that embeds humans, and the social/material worlds they create, as part of the environment, exploring human interactions within the landscape as assemblages, or entanglements of matter. It specifically emphasises the materiality and agency of water and how this shaped people’s engagement with, and movement through, their landscape. The aim is to encourage archaeologists to engage with the materiality of things, to better understand how people and other matter co-create the material (including social) world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Landscape archaeology, Cyprus, Bronze age.
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Louise Steel
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 17:03
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 11:34
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/938

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