Characterizing the Historic Landscapes of Naxos

James Crow, Sam Turner, Athanasios Vionis

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Historic Landscape Characterization (HLC) is a methodology for historic landscape studies pioneered in Britain. Using satellite imagery and RAF archival air photographs, Naxos provides an excellent pilot study to explore the application of this technique to the historic landscapes of the eastern Mediterranean. Our research identifies a number of discrete HLC types and considers their development from the Byzantine period to modern times. In addition it has been possible to use these data to set Naxos’ rich corpus of Byzantine churches in their landscape context, providing a more textured account of rural life in medieval and post-medieval times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-137
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Mediterranean Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Historic Landscape Charecterization (HLC)
  • terraces
  • field systems
  • Byzantine
  • Aegean
  • GIS


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