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The potential of a terrace-wise economy: Hygassos’ agricultural heritage in the Hellenistic Rhodian Peraia (Bozburun Peninsula)
Author: E. Deniz Oğuz-Kirca, Ioannis Liritzis and Volkan Demirciler. DOI: 10.32028/9781789693775-16.ISBN 9781789693775-16.

The Bozburun Peninsula (Hellenistic Rhodian Peraia, i.e the mainland possessions of ancient Rhodes) lies immediately north of the Island of Rhodes. It is an unspoiled (it used to be incredibly barren) territory which has remained as an area of seclusion throughout history.

It appears that this part of the mainland was visible from the polis of Ialysos on Rhodes. Hygassos, which is situated behind Selimiye Bay, is about 3.5 km east of Losta. It was one of the demes (encompassing an area of ca. 27 km2) which formed the rural network of the Bozburun Peninsula, known by various names: as Hürsanassa? of the Lukka land, Classical Karian Khersonesos, Hellenistic Rhodian Peraia, Daraçya in the later periods. Distinguished by its cultivation terraces, which make up the most scenic rural landscapes in the Rhodian Peraia (hereafter the Peraia), Hygassos deserves particular attention for representing ancient agricultural practices in archaeology, which is a substantial topic of discussion regarding Mediterranean environments and networks. It is rarely mentioned in the regional literature, although terracing covering the study area denotes an early occupation of the Peraia.

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