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Perspectives on the archaeology of Byzantine Greece 600-1000 AD

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-311
JournalPharos
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Abstract

The aim of this paper is not to rehearse the continuing debates concerning the archaeology of so-called ‘Dark Age Greece’, but rather to situate the post-classical archaeology of Greece before the ‘revival’ of the 10th and 11th centuries within the wider Byzantine world, particularly in comparison with the early-medieval archaeologies of the adjacent nation states of Bulgaria and Turkey and also as part of post-Roman archaeologies of north-western Europe. The paper will review a range of differing perspectives from the varying contributions of excavation, survey archaeology, ceramic chronologies, numismatics and standing monuments. In addition it aims to consider those approaches derived from an increasing awareness and concern for environmental history and especially the greater definition of episodes of rapid climate change and their potential significance for a fuller understanding of the broader history of the Byzantine world. Finally we need to consider how far the archaeology of Byzantine Greece, and of the wider lands of the Byzantine empire, forms part of a regional/national archaeological narrative, or is an aspect of both a European medieval agenda and represents part of the long-term archaeologies of the eastern Mediterranean.

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