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\(Capitania\) \(valiso\), \(castrum\) \(dicti\) \(loci\): settlement patterns and defence on northern Chios, 9th-16th centuries.

Koukouni, Ioanna (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This thesis is a survey of Mount Amani, the northwestern province of Chios island (east Aegean). The thesis examines the natural environment and explores the landscape using different kinds of information, in order to reconstruct the medieval historical topography of this region and to contribute to the problématique of the history and evolution of the Byzantine village and its remarkable longevity. The methodology applied ranges from the scanty literary sources, and visible archaeological evidence, and extends to the tracing of any sign of human activity on
the landscape. Additionally, toponmy, ethnography and oral tradition are implemented for the examination of other aspects, such as the peasant architecture and material culture. From many perspectives, the study is paramount. It presents archaeological evidence for sites, for which there are no literary sources to rely upon. It highlights their share in the economy of Chios during the Byzantine and the Genoese periods. Finally, it aims to contribute to the debate over the ‘depopulation’ or ‘demographic decline’ of mountainous terrains in the ages prior to the eleventh
century.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Dunn, Archie
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity
Subjects:DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3567
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