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Title: The Archaeology of Landscape and Material Culture in Late Byzantine - Frankish Greece
Author(s): VIONIS, Athanasios K.
Volume: 20 Issue: 1 Date: 2014
The study of aspects of site location, land use, production and consumption and non-elite material culture was generally neglected by Medieval archaeology in present-day Greece until a couple of decades ago, at a time when priority was given to monumental art and architecture. The number of studies, however, that have been published and the number of theses that have been completed over the past 10 to 15 years on the archaeology of the period after the end of Late Antiquity is immense. The aim of this contribution is to provide a survey of recent developments on the archaeology of the Late Byzantine – Frankish period in Greece, focusing on those advances and results that have provided significant insights into the evolution of Late Medieval society and culture. More specifically, this paper examines issues related to: 1) landscapes, settlement archaeology and economic activity; 2) fortifications and power; 3) domestic architecture and the use of space; 4) artefacts, consumption and meaning; 5) religious art and architecture, and identity.