MIDDLE HELLADIC PERIOD IN BOIOTIA: A STUDY OF SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
The present thesis is concerned the Middle Helladic period in Boiotia with the specific goal of detecting elements of social organization. The study of this period has been seriously neglected, since it is outshadowed by the preceding and succeeding periods, the Early Helladic and the Late Helladic periods, which have produced impressive archaeological remains, as well as by the relative concentration of research in Thebes. This thesis aspired to look the Middle Helladic period in its own right and own context. Thus, by encompassing the data resulting from fieldwork to the present day and creating a new synthesis, the necessary groundwork was created for a comprehensive interpretation of social patterns during Middle Helladic period in Boiotia. Analyses were performed on two levels: the intra-settlement and the inter-settlement. At the intra-settlement, architectural features, mostly from Eutresis, and the spatial arrangements were examined with a view to discern meaningful patterns reflecting the social organization of the settlement and the community inhabiting it. At the inter-settlement level, the nature of the data has also limited the discussion of the evidence of MH occupation of the landscape to a discussion of the density of settlement. This has been possible through a comparison of the preliminary data from the Cambridge/Bradford Boiotia survey with information from other intensive surface survey projects conducted in Southern Greece.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:middle helladic perod in boiotia social organization archaeology systematic surface suvey eutresis
Date of Publication:01/01/2002