Constructing Monuments, Perceiving Monumentality and the Economics of Building: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Built Environment [Hardback]

Ann Brysbaert (Editor); Victor Klinkenberg (Editor); Ann Gutiérrez Garcia-M. (Editor); Irene Vikatou (Editor)

ISBN: 9789088906978 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 285p, H254 x W178 (mm) 46fc/40bw

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Constructing Monuments, Perceiving Monumentality and the Economics of Building


In many societies monuments are associated with dynamic socio-economic and political processes that these societies underwent and/or instrumentalised. Due to the often large human and other resources input involved in their construction and maintenance, such constructions form an useful research target in order to investigate both their associated societies as well as the underlying processes that generated differential construction levels. Monumental constructions may physically remain the same for some time but certainly not forever. The actual meaning, too, that people associate with these may change regularly due to changing contexts in which people perceived, assessed, and interacted with such constructions.

These changes of meaning may occur diachronically, geographically but also socially. Realising that such shifts may occur forces us to rethink the meaning and the roles that past technologies may play in constructing, consuming and perceiving something monumental. In fact, it is through investigating the processes, the practices of building and crafting, and selecting the specific locales in which these activities took place, that we can argue convincingly that meaning may already become formulated while the form itself is still being created. As such, meaning-making and -giving may also influence the shaping of the monument in each of its facets: spatially, materially, technologically, socially and diachronically.

This volume varies widely in regional and chronological focus and forms a useful manual to studying both the acts of building and the constructions themselves across cultural contexts. A range of theoretical and practical methods are discussed, and papers illustrate that these are applicable to both small or large architectural expressions, making it useful for scholars investigating urban, architectural, landscape and human resources in archaeological and historical contexts. The ultimate goal of this book is to place architectural studies, in which people’s interactions with each other and material resources are key, at the crossing of both landscape studies and material culture studies, where it belongs.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Biographies
List of contributors
Editors’ Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations used in references
Part 1. Theoretical and practical considerations on monumentality
Constructing monuments, perceiving monumentality. Introduction
Ann Brysbaert
Mounds and monumentality in Neolithic Europe
Chris Scarre
Architectural conspicuous consumption and design as social strategy in the Argolid during the Mycenaean period
Kalliopi Efkleidou
Outer Worlds Inside
Lesley McFadyen
Part 2. Methodological approaches to studying architecture
Interpreting architecture from a survey context: recognising monumental structures.
Yannick Boswinkel
Three-dimensional documentation of architecture and archaeology in the field: combining intensive total station drawing and photogrammetry
Jari Pakkanen
Set in stone at the Mycenaean Acropolis of Athens. Documentation with 3D integrated methodologies
Elisavet P. Sioumpara
Labour mobilization and architectural energetics in the North Cemetery at Ayios Vasilios, Laconia, Greece
Sofia Voutsaki, Youp van den Beld, Yannick de Raaff
Part 3. Architectural energetics methods and applications
Comparative labour rates in cross-cultural contexts
Daniel R. Turner
Rethinking monumentality in Teotihuacan, Mexico
Maria Torras Freixa
Economic choice in Roman construction: case studies from Ostia
Janet DeLaine
Large-scale building in early imperial Tarraco (Tarragona, Spain) and the dynamics behind the creation of a Roman provincial capital landscape
Anna Gutiérrez Garcia-M., Maria Serena Vinci
Building materials, construction processes and labour: The Temple of Isis in Pompeii
Cathalin Recko
The construction process of the republican city walls of Aquileia (northeastern Italy): a case study of the quantitative analysis on ancient buildings
Jacopo Bonetto, Caterina Previato

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