By Maria Relaki, Despina Catapoti
Within archaeological reports, land tenure has been more often than not studied from the point of view of possession. a number of stories has argued approximately land possession at the foundation of the straightforward co-existence of artefacts at the panorama; different reviews have tended to extrapolate land possession from extra oblique capability. rather noteworthy is the tendency to painting land possession because the driver in the back of the emergence of social complexity, a primordial factor within the techniques that resulted in the political and monetary enlargement of prehistoric societies. The organization among humans and land in all of those interpretive schemata is in spite of the fact that much less effortless to observe analytically. even if a variety of rubrics were hired to spot one of these connection – so much awesome between them the options of ‘cultures,’ ‘regions,’ or perhaps ‘households’ – they take the hyperlinks among land and folks as a given and never as whatever that should be conceptually outlined and empirically substantiated.
An Archaeology of Land Ownership demonstrates that the connection among humans and land some time past is in the beginning an analytical factor, and person who demands explanation not just on the point of definition, but additionally methodological applicability. Bringing jointly a world roster of experts, the essays during this quantity name awareness to the techniques through which hyperlinks to land are validated, a few of the varieties that such hyperlinks take and the way they could swap via time, in addition to their value in supporting to forge or dilute an figuring out of group at a number of situations.
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Flat settlements, on the other hand, might be viewed as having a more fluid use of land or space. However, in these settlements the successive interventions and short-distance relocations of buildings, in conjunction with the constant digging of pits and ditches and their infilling with various types of material, may well reflect a method of creating, ‘appropriating’ and holding connections with land and the past (Skourtopoulou 2006: 55–56). The Constructed Environment and Land as Both a Connecting and Dividing Factor Yet more forms of land associations, rights and uses can be detected in the many ways in which people constructed the wider landscape, projected meanings onto it and ultimately transformed it into a social landscape.
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In order to provide a more radical critique of this postmodern paradigm the author employs the spatial metaphor of ‘the past-as-territory’, this time in order to exemplify how free access and circulation within this particular space establishes a form of dwelling, which leads (despite its claims to the opposite) to the inevitable loss of some far more significant ontological values, namely, the ability for cognitive mapping, critical navigation and way-finding, and last but not least, historical positioning.
An Archaeology of Land Ownership by Maria Relaki, Despina Catapoti