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By Maria Relaki, Despina Catapoti

Within archaeological experiences, land tenure has been almost always studied from the point of view of possession. a number of stories has argued approximately land possession at the foundation of the easy co-existence of artefacts at the panorama; different experiences have tended to extrapolate land possession from extra oblique capacity. rather noteworthy is the tendency to painting land possession because the motive force in the back of the emergence of social complexity, a primordial aspect within the strategies that resulted in the political and financial growth of prehistoric societies. The organization among humans and land in all of those interpretive schemata is although much less effortless to discover analytically. even if quite a few rubrics were hired to spot this type of connection – such a lot striking between them the ideas of ‘cultures,’ ‘regions,’ or maybe ‘households’ – they take the hyperlinks among land and other people as a given and never as whatever that should be conceptually outlined and empirically substantiated.

An Archaeology of Land Ownership demonstrates that the connection among humans and land long ago is firstly an analytical factor, and one who demands explanation not just on the point of definition, but additionally methodological applicability. Bringing jointly a global roster of experts, the essays during this quantity name consciousness to the approaches through which hyperlinks to land are confirmed, some of the varieties that such hyperlinks take and the way they could switch via time, in addition to their significance in assisting to forge or dilute an figuring out of group at a variety of situations.

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For example recent analysis of settlement patterns in Thessaly, the region of hundreds of long-term villages, reveals a long history of widely accepted social constraints on site size, number and territory (Johnson and Perlès 2004). From the Early to Late Neolithic (ca. 2 km, and an individual territory estimated at 430–450 ha. The number of settlements for each phase also remained relatively stable over time (between 118 and 146) because of the abandonment of settlements and establishment of new ones.

Through their peripheral distribution the enclosures and ditches symbolically ‘protected’ the settlements, demarcated them from the landscape and the outsiders, and primarily controlled access to the settlement themselves rather than within the surrounding lands. In the cases of the prominent earth mounds or tells the territorial demarcation, complemented by the houses, often twostoried, would have undoubtedly imposed them on the landscape and made them visible from considerable distances. At the intrasettlement level one basic purpose of these large-scale architectural works could have been to Land Tenure, Social Relations and Social Landscapes 31 provide a framework within which social units could come together and organise their transactions, as well as a material mnemonic of those transactions.

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