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Meaning and Identity in a Greek Landscape An Archaeological Ethnography by Hamish (University of Nottingham) Forbes

Meaning and Identity in a Greek Landscape An Archaeological Ethnography


Meaning and Identity in a Greek Landscape An Archaeological Ethnography by Hamish (University of Nottingham) Forbes

In this study, Hamish Forbes explores how Greek villagers have understood and reacted to their landscapes over the centuries, from the late medieval period to the present. Analyzing how they have seen themselves belonging to their local communities and within both local and wider landscapes, Forbes examines how these aspects of belonging have informed each other. Forbes also illuminates cross-disciplinary interests in memory and the importance of monuments. Based on data gathered over 25 years, Forbes' study combines the rich detail of ethnographic field work with historical and archaeological time-depth, showing how landscapes have important meaning beyond the religious sphere in terms of kinship, ideas about the past, and in their role as productive assets.


Review of the hardback: '... one can only be grateful to Forbes that decades of experiencing the cultures of Methana from the inside allow him to share with us here both the 'language

of its landscapes

Cambridge Archaeological Journal

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Publication date

7th August 2012


Hamish (University of Nottingham) Forbes

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Cambridge University Press


462 pages


Classical Greek & Roman archaeology
Historical geography



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