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“Rural Towns” and “In-Between” or “Third” Spaces. Settlement Patterns in Byzantine Epirus (7th-11th c.) from an interdisciplinary approach

“Rural Towns” and “In-Between” or “Third” Spaces. Settlement Patterns in Byzantine Epirus (7th-11th c.) from an interdisciplinary approach

By Myrto Veikou

Archaeologia Medievale, Vol.36 (2009)

Abstract: This paper constitutes the second part of an effort to re-evaluate the available analytical categories for settlements from an interdisciplinary post-processual approach. The first part was published as “Urban or Rural? Theoretical remarks on Settlement patterns in Byzantine Epirus (7th-11th centuries)” in the Byzantinische Zeitschrift 103/1 (2010) 171-193. A preliminary version of both papers was presented during the Conference ‘Town and countryside in the Mediterranean’ at the University of Athens in May 2007.

This second part puts on the table the underlying assumptions in research that interpretations of historical settlement should take as a given a clear dichotomy between distinct “urban” and “rural” spaces and the bipolar “urban-rural” hermeneutical schemes, based on recent archaeological and geographic research.

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