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Ancient Economies of the Northern AegeanFifth to First Centuries BC$
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Zosia Halina Archibald

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682119.001.0001

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The longue durée in the north Aegean

The longue durée in the north Aegean

(p.129) 4 The longue durée in the north Aegean
Ancient Economies of the Northern Aegean

Zosia Halina Archibald

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the long-term changes in the various ecological zones of the north Aegean that provide the framework within which we can begin to understand the specific, medium-term changes that occurred in the second half of the first millennium bc. The transformation of landscapes as a result of agricultural, pastoral, and mineralogical regimes is both a symptom and a product of conscious economic strategies. Animal husbandry provided traction and transport as well as dietary supplements, while textile manufacture, metallurgy, and ceramic technologies track the complex pattern of intra-regional exchange that made the region a distinctive one in the period under consideration. Thorstein Veblen's conviction that ‘the instinct of workmanship’has been a key driver of cultural and economic production is applied here in the context of east Balkan fashions and material preferences.

Keywords:   geomorphological change, Thermaic Gulf, country estates, Thorstein Veblen, instinct of workmanship, carpets, textiles, mining, minerals, pigments

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