'The Immense Respiration of a Social Structure': An Integrated Approach to the Landscape Archaeology of the Mediterranean Lands

John Bintliff

Veröffentlicht in: Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC 2012)
Jahr: 2012
Shortlink: edition-topoi.org/articles/details/644
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Abstract

In his iconic study of six hundred years of rural life in south-west France, Le Roy Ladurie described the cycles of demographic and economic expansion and contraction visible in the historic record as “the immense respiration of a social structure.” Landscape Archaeology is characterised by such a long-term vision of rural life, where the embeddedness of society, economy and technology, as well as worldviews and persistent ways of life, into distinctive regional landscapes allows us precious insights into the very essence of historical processes. This paper will take the longer-term perspective and review the many complementary approaches being practised today in Mediterranean landscape archaeology, and then set them within the framework of our aim to see larger patterns in the dialectic between dynamic societies and dynamic regional landscapes.

The overall framework for the long term study of an inland sea was created for the Mediterranean by Braudel. He developed with other members of the French Annales School the method of Structural History. Here any event, generation, century or millennium should be approached through exploring the short term, medium term and long term contexts, whose waves of impact interact at any one point in time. These waves include geographical, economic, social, cultural and intellectual processes.

Autoren

John Bintliff

John Bintliff ist Professor für klassische und mediterrane Archäologie an der Leiden Universiteit. Er hat in Cambridge Archäologie und Anthropologie studiert und dort 1997 mit einer Arbeit über die Frühgeschichte menschlicher Siedlungen in Griechenland promoviert. Bevor er an der Leiden Universiteit gelehrt hat, war er Dozent an der Bradford University und Durham University. Seit 1978 ist er zudem Vize-Direktor des Boeotia Projekts, das die Ursprünge von Siedlungen in Zentral-Griechenland erforscht.


Citation

John Bintliff, "'The Immense Respiration of a Social Structure': An Integrated Approach to the Landscape Archaeology of the Mediterranean Lands", in: Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC 2012), eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Special Volume 3 (2012), 1–9
BibTeX
@article{Bintliff2012,
  author = {John Bintliff},
  title = {'The Immense Respiration of a Social Structure': An Integrated Approach to the Landscape Archaeology of the Mediterranean Lands},
  journaltitle = {Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC 2012)},
  pages = {1-9},
  series = {Berlin Studies of the Ancient World},
  date = {2012},
  publisher = {Exzellenzcluster 264 Topoi},
  location = {Berlin},
  url = {http://edition-topoi.org/articles/details/644},
  urldate = {2019-09-20},
  doi = {10.17171/5-3-1},
}