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By Maria Relaki, Despina Catapoti

Within archaeological reviews, land tenure has been quite often studied from the point of view of possession. a number of stories has argued approximately land possession at the foundation of the easy co-existence of artefacts at the panorama; different reports have tended to extrapolate land possession from extra oblique capability. quite noteworthy is the tendency to painting land possession because the driver at the back of the emergence of social complexity, a primordial element within the approaches that ended in the political and fiscal enlargement of prehistoric societies. The organization among humans and land in all of those interpretive schemata is even though much less effortless to notice analytically. even if quite a few rubrics were hired to spot this kind of connection – such a lot extraordinary between them the thoughts of ‘cultures,’ ‘regions,’ or maybe ‘households’ – they take the hyperlinks among land and other people as a given and never as whatever that should be conceptually outlined and empirically substantiated.

An Archaeology of Land Ownership demonstrates that the connection among humans and land some time past is at the beginning an analytical factor, and one who demands rationalization not just on the point of definition, but in addition methodological applicability. Bringing jointly a global roster of experts, the essays during this quantity name realization to the techniques during which hyperlinks to land are confirmed, some of the varieties that such hyperlinks take and the way they could switch via time, in addition to their significance in aiding to forge or dilute an knowing of group at numerous conditions.

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The colonisers’ perspectives essentially drew from the kind of rationalised behaviours fostered by modernity that have been explored and criticised by several other chapters of the volume. Oliver is, however, critical of an emerging commonplace contrast between the presumably strictly materialist or economic approaches of the colonisers and the more intimate and emotional connections of the indigenous populations, arguing that the closer examination of landscape politics and place-making demonstrates how arbitrary this divide can be.

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