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Unlocking sacred space on early medieval Naxos: digital approaches to an historic landscape

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The early medieval rural landscapes of much of the Eastern Mediterranean remain poorly understood. Scholars’ knowledge of the structure and experience of sacred space after Late Antiquity is limited by the difficulty of identifying the location and organisation of settlements, land-use patterns and churches. In this context, the island of Naxos in the Cyclades provides unusual opportunities to explore rural sacred landscapes thanks to the excellent survival of smallearly medieval churches as standing buildings and a rich historic landscape. Recent collaborative fieldwork using digital humanities approaches including digital 3D survey and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has begun to unravel some of the complexities of this landscape through case studies in the central and southern parts of the island. In particular, ongoing fieldwork focuses on the landscape around a major early medieval centre at Kastro Apalirou where the development of early medieval urban space from the 7th century AD onwards can also be addressed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Turner S, Crow J

Editor(s): G. Papantoniou, C. Morris and A. Vionis

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Unlocking Sacred Landscapes: Spatial Analysis of Ritual and Cult in the Mediterranean

Year: 2019

Pages: 85-97

Print publication date: 01/12/2019

Acceptance date: 01/11/2019

Series Title: Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology

Publisher: Astrom

Place Published: Uppsala


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ISBN: 9789925745548