Impressions, Itineraries And Perceptions of a Coastscape: The Case of Medieval Paphos (12th-16th Century CE)

Author(s): Maria Ktori

Year: 2018

Summary

Previous research has established the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment. Based on Westerdahl's seminal theory regarding the maritime landscape, this relationship becomes more intense and complex in a coastal setting. This paper presents the case of Paphos, a harbour town in west Cyprus, during the Lusignan period (1192-1474/89) and the Venetian period (1474/89-1570/71). Travelling literature provides us with impressions, perceptions and the travellers' itineraries from their visits. These were combined with other historical sources and the archaeological finds, to reconstruct a more substantial picture of the monumental topography of this bustling harbour town. The results were then used to establish possible cultural trails across the modern urban landscape, to highlight less-known aspects of Paphos and to preserve the medieval monuments more effectively.

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Impressions, Itineraries And Perceptions of a Coastscape: The Case of Medieval Paphos (12th-16th Century CE). Maria Ktori. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441541)

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min long: 32.279; min lat: 34.64 ; max long: 34.586; max lat: 35.689 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 116