A Regional Approach to Ancient Urban Studies in Greece Through Multi-Settlement Geophysical Survey

Jamieson Donati, Apostolos Sarris, Nikos Papadopoulos, Tuna Kalayci, François-Xavier Simon, Meropi Manataki, Ian Moffat, Carmen Cuenca-Garcia

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Abstract

The systematic exploration of large archaeological sites in the Mediterranean has evolved considerably since the “big dig” excavations. Pedestrian field surveying and remote sensing applications, including satellite and airborne image analysis, are now practical and relatively cost-efficient methods of characterizing large and diachronically diverse landscapes on regional scales. However, the use of geophysical techniques as a means for exploring manifold archaeological contexts is still in its infancy. In this paper, we highlight the advantages of archaeological geophysics to conduct regional surveys in the Mediterranean. Through a multi-site geophysical fieldwork campaign to investigate the patterns and dynamics of ancient cities in Greece, we show how geophysics offer new opportunities for characterizing the spatial attributes and regional dynamics of urban landscapes, and, in doing so, we make an argument for its wider adoption on regional survey projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-467
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • ancient town-planning
  • integrated geophysics
  • regional survey
  • remote sensing
  • urban archaeology

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