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(Scales of) Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Please find below a call for papers for the session �(Scales of) Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory’ at the European Association of Archaeologists conference in the Hague, Netherlands on 1-5 September, 2010 Session Title: (Scales of) Space and time in Mediterranean Prehistory Organisers: Athena Hadji and Stella Souvatzi Please submit abstracts (300 words) to the EAA online system http://www.congrex-events.nl/?pid=179 by the 23rd May. http://www.eaa2010.nl/.

Session Abstract

Space is a fundamental element of archaeological inquiries, since we investigate relations of space in order to reveal, among others, relations of time. However, the full potential of the concept of space has not been utilized thus far in archaeology. Space for the most part is simply used as a backdrop for human interaction and deemed as a neutral dimension, together with time, where things simply happen. The interactive dimensions of space and time in the production of a social environment have often been overlooked, whereas the interplay between different scales of space (and time) has rarely been considered at all. The session aims at establishing a theoretical framework for the study of archaeological space. A good starting point for this can be the abolition of the fallacy of the neutrality of space: human, i.e. lived space, is charged with emotions, ideas, prejudices, memory, experience and time. We propose to critically reexamine the idea and theory of space and assess the extent to which we can reconstitute the lived space of past societies. We welcome papers both on theoretical aspects of the study of space and case-studies which incorporate creative interpretations of space and time relations in prehistoric sites.

Stella Souvatzi

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