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6. Industrial Landscapes, Spatial Politics and Settlement Change in the Roman East

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1. Title Title of document 6. Industrial Landscapes, Spatial Politics and Settlement Change in the Roman East - Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Bradley Sekedat; University of California, Davis;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
4. Subject Keyword(s) John F. Cherry; Aegean archology; Mediterranean archaeology; Roman political hegemony; Roman Empire; Roman political apparatus; Roman expoansion in the eastern Mediterranean; marble quarries
5. Subject Subject classification archaeology
6. Description Abstract Many of the most profound contributions of survey archaeology stem from the assumption that changing social practices will be reflected in their material and spatial proxies. When patterns on the ground change, something must have happened to induce the reordering of social, political, and economic relationships that necessitated corresponding changes in where and how people lived. This framework makes survey archaeology a dynamic and flexible tool that is able to contribute to new questions and new theoretical concerns. For scholarship of the Roman empire, the relationship between people and the landscape has never been more critical. New research emphasizes the role of space and spatial practices in establishing new political relationships — a topic right at home in the context of expanding Roman political hegemony throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. Identifying how and where the Roman political and economic apparatus intersected with local populations, and in which ways this resulted in any kind of noticeable change, remains hugely significant for understanding how the empire operated at its basic level. Moreover, imperial things, such as quarries, mines, and monuments, become significant not just as indicators of political change, but as the potential means by which the empire constituted itself in its vast territorial expanse. Such things also reconfigure social and political realities through spatial practices. This paper addresses Roman imperial expansion in the eastern Mediterranean through the application of survey archaeology to industrial zones. The author focuses on industrial landscapes surrounding marble quarries in Greece and Asia Minor to assess how an imperial presence had an effect on settlement dynamics. These settlement trends are compared to settlement data in non-industrial regions to suggest that survey archaeology can provide insight into the methods by which the Roman empire spread, noting variation over time and across space.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30809
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Regional Approaches to Society and Complexity
16. Language English=en en
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