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Terraces are highly productive, culturally distinctive socioecological systems. Although they form part of time/place-specific debates, terraces per se have been neglected – fields on slopes or landscape elements. We argue that this is due to mapping and dating problems, and lack of artefacts/ecofacts. However, new techniques can overcome some of these constraints, allowing us to re-engage with theoretical debates around agricultuFterrral intensification. Starting from neo-Broserupian propositions, we can engage with the sociopolitical and environmental aspects of terrace emergence, maintenance and abandonment. Non-reductionist avenues include identifying and dating different phases of development within single terrace systems, identifying a full crop-range, and other activities not generally associated with terraces (e.g. metallurgy). The proposition here is that terraces are a multi-facetted investment that includes both intensification and diversification and can occur under a range of social conditions but which constitutes a response to demographic pressure in the face to fluctuating environmental conditions.
Bibliographical note© 2021 The Author(s).
- AGRICULTURAL HISTORY
- Geoarchaelogy, earth sciences
- landscape archaeology
- 1 Public lecture
ARCHÉOLOGIE ET PAYSAGES EN MOYENNE ET HAUTE MONTAGNE DEPUIS LA PRÉHISTOIRE (Parc national des Ecrins, 05)
Kevin James Walsh (Chair) & Florence Mocci (Chair)27 Aug 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation › Public lecture