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H 290 x W 205 mm

160 pages

124 figures, 29 tables (colour throughout)

Published Jan 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803273563

Digital: 9781803273570

DOI 10.32028/9781803273563

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Social complexity; Landscape; Cultural Heritage; Near East

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Landscape Archaeology in the Near East

Approaches, Methods and Case Studies

Edited by Bülent Arıkan, Linda Olsvig-Whittaker

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Collected papers from the 3rd symposium of the the Society for Near Eastern Landscape Archaeology. Ranging from the Palaeolithic to the classical Near East, papers consider settlement and movement for trade with an overarching theme around the conservation of important archaeological landscapes and developing technology for the study of landscapes.



Introduction: Landscape Archaeology in the Near East – Bülent Arıkan ;

Chapter 1: Ancient Roads in the Southern Golan Heights: Recent Surveys and Landscape Approach – Adam Pažout ;

Chapter 2: Satellite Image and GIS Analysis in Managing and Modelling Risks to Naqsh-e Rostam, Iran – Mohammadamin Emami, Azadeh Ghobadi ;

Chapter 3: The role of the River Pyramos in East Plain Cilicia in Shaping the Settlement Pattern – Füsun Tülek, Tuba Ökse ;

Chapter 4: Cooperation and Political Relations in the Deep Past: A Reframing – Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas ;

Chapter 5: Urban and Agrarian Landscapes of Larisa (Buruncuk) – Ilgın Külekçi, Sinan Kolay, Gizem Mater ;

Chapter 6: Landscape Archeology of Wādī al- ̒Arab – Linda Olsvig-Whittaker, Patrick Leiverkus and Katja Soennecken ;

Chapter 7: The Archaeological Landscape of the Erzurum and Pasinler Plains. Evaluation of the 2001-2002 Surveys – Mehmet Işikli, Buket Beşi̇kçi̇ ;

Chapter 8: Cultural Heritage in Landscape: Planning for Development in Turkey – Sam Turner, Engin Nurlu, Ebru Ersoy Tonyaloğlu, Nurdan Erdoğan, Mark Jackson, Günder Varinlioğlu, Tevfik Emre Şerifoğlu, Francesco Carrer, Betül Çavdar, Kübra Kurtşan, Safiye Pınar Tunal ;

Chapter 9: Patterns of Social Complexity in Evaluation of Gender – Selin Gür ;

Chapter 10: The Paleoclimate of the Amuq Plain and the Archaeological Settlement Index: The Assessment of the Long-term Settlement Dynamics Throughout the Holocene – Bülent Arıkan

About the Author

Bülent Arıkan is a landscape archaeologist who has worked extensively in the Near East. His research focuses on modeling paleoclimates and simulating behavioral changes under past environmental perturbations as well as exploring how ancient cultures impacted their landscapes. His publications focus on past climatic changes and socio-ecological dynamics from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.

Linda Olsvig-Whittaker, a founding member of SNELA, was an evolutionary ecologist with a 40 year career in ecology and nature conservation in Israel. On retirement in 2014, she began a career in landscape archaeology. She has published on ecological change at the end of the Bronze Age, and on archaeobotany and Roman settlement patterns in Jordan. She is currently affiliated with École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, and working on settlement patterns in the Lower Galilee.