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Continuity and Change: Long-term processes of urbanization and ruralisation at Kale Akte (Sicily)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
2012 (English)In: Matters of scale: Processes and courses of events in the past and the present / [ed] Nanouscka M. Burström, Fredrik Fahlander, Stockholm: Department of archaeology and classical studies, Stockholm university , 2012, 129-145 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Processes can be described as being always confined in time and therefore time is central when discussing them. A classical attempt to divide time into different “rhythms” or scales was made by the French Annales school: the Longue durée – the time dimension of geography, geology and nature, where changes are hardly noticed by man, the conjunctures – cycles of different length but usually longer than the life span of a man and finally the événements, the short-term historical and political events which take place during a more limited space of time. When discussing these terms, it is underlined that the time-scales are all interconnected and dependent on each other, in order to avoid any hierarchic or deterministic connotations of history. There is always a tension between change and continuity in the processes. Change occurs more frequently in the short-term, close up, perspective, whereas continuity is dominating in the long time perspective. Can the division into different scales of time and the focus on the tension between change and continuity be useful for our understanding of processes in archaeology? Can the different time scales be of help to the archaeologist, making him/her more aware of certain processes of varying longevity and how they are interconnected? Examples from a diachronic case study of an ancient Sicilian town are used to illuminate what kind of processes can be identified using such a theoretical framework. Processes that are briefly discussed are patterns of settlements, economic conjunctures and the life cycles of states/empires.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of archaeology and classical studies, Stockholm university , 2012. 129-145 p.
Series
Stockholm Studies in Archaeology, ISSN 0349-4128 ; 56
Keyword [en]
Kale Akte, Sicily, settlement patterns, time scales, processes, events, continuity, change
Keyword [sv]
Kale Akte, Sicilien, bosättningsmönster, tidsskalor, processer, kontinuitet, förändring
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History and Archaeology
Research subject
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History; Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100553ISBN: 978-91-978257-8-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-100553DiVA: diva2:694411
Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-02-06 Last updated: 2016-11-04Bibliographically approved

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