The Ancient Greek Farmstead [Paperback]

Maeve McHugh (Author)

ISBN: 9781785706400 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 208p,

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The Ancient Greek Farmstead


The interpretation of archaeological remains as farmsteads has met with much debate in scholarship regarding their role, identification, and even their existence. Despite the difficult nature of scholarship surrounding farmsteads, this site type is repeatedly used to describe small sites in the countryside which have varying evidence of domestic, storage, and agricultural activity. The aim of this book is to engage with the archaeological and textual data for farmsteads dating to the Classical–Hellenistic period of mainland Greece, with the purpose of understanding how these sites fulfilled agricultural roles as centres for occupation, storage, and processing for those working the land. The conclusions reached here stress the connected nature of the agricultural landscape, and demonstrate how farmsteads played a fundamental role in ancient Greek agriculture.

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"[a] very welcome because it is the first time that the ancient Greek farmstead is treated integrally, thereby tying together a very fragmented scholarly discourse."
Anna Meens
Journal of Greek Archaeology (19/11/2018)

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