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Title: Greeks, Barbarians and Archaeologists
Subtitle: Mapping the Contact
Author(s): BABIĆ, Staša
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 6    Date: 2007   
Pages: 73-89
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.6.0.2022794

Abstract :
The paper critically explores the ways in which archaeologists produce maps of phenomena they investigate and draw inferences from these visual representations, especially concerning contact situations and influences exchanged between cultures. The contacts between Archaic Greek culture and its northern hinterland are analysed as a case study and some specific ways of thinking about and experiencing space in these two cultures are investigated in order to introduce other possible lines of inquiry. The proposition is put forward that archaeologists need not abandon their practice of drawing maps according to our own concepts of space, but that these should be supplemented by an effort to approach the experiences of space of the people we study.

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