Monumentality, Place-making and Social Interaction on Late Bronze Age Cyprus
This book adopts an integrative approach to investigate the role of monumental architecture in shaping social dynamics and power relations on the island of Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age (LBA; c.1700-1050 BCE). Using such an approach, archaeologists studying ancient societies elsewhere can analyze the relationship between the built environment and human behaviour.
Monumental buildings on Late Bronze Age Cyprus provided contexts for social interactions, such as ceremonial feasting and cultic rituals, that created social bonds and forged wider community identities, while also materializing social boundaries and inequalities. More than just spaces, these contexts were socially-constructed places, imbued with identity and memory, that played an integral role in social organization during this transformative period.
This integrative approach emphasizes the role of buildings in configuring movement and encounter and in serving as the contexts for interactions through which sociopolitical relations are developed, maintained, transformed and reproduced. It investigates this using an interdisciplinary methodology that integrates access analysis with the study of the materiality of built environments and how they encode and communicate meanings and shape the experiences of those who interact with them.
Published: Mar 10, 2023
|List of Figures||Kevin Fisher|
|List of Tables||Kevin Fisher|
|About the Author||Kevin Fisher|
|Preface and Acknowledgements||Kevin Fisher|
|Introduction: Building Power||Kevin D. Fisher|
|Society and Built Environment on Late Bronze Age Cyprus: Changing Perspectives||Kevin D. Fisher|
|The Social Dynamics of Built Environments||Kevin D. Fisher|
|An Integrative Approach to Analyzing Past Built Environments||Kevin D. Fisher|
|Toward a Biography of the Ashlar Building at Enkomi||Kevin D. Fisher|
|Toward a Biography of the 'Fortress' at Enkomi||Kevin D. Fisher|
|Court-Centred Buildings at Kalavasos, Maroni, and Alassa||Kevin D. Fisher|
|Spaces Become Places: Monumental Place-making and Social Interaction in the Late Cypriot Bronze Age||Kevin Fisher|
|The Bigger Picture: Monumentality in Context||Kevin Fisher|
|Appendix 1||Kevin Fisher|