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Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC$
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Robin Osborne and Barry Cunliffe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263259

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.001.0001

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Urban Sprawl: What is Urbanization and Why does it Matter?

Urban Sprawl: What is Urbanization and Why does it Matter?

Mortimer Wheeler Lecture

(p.1) 1 Urban Sprawl: What is Urbanization and Why does it Matter?
Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Robin Osborne

British Academy

This chapter explains the importance of studying urbanization in the Mediterranean region. Urbanization has become a somewhat unfashionable topic among archaeologists and this may be because it has become bound up with questions of state formation. This chapter highlights the need to analyse urban settlements in the way that sanctuaries and cemeteries have come to be analysed, and argues that attempts to understand what is going on in the Mediterranean in the early Iron Age are doomed unless the importance of the town as a unit of analysis is reinserted and the variable forms of town as a unit are examined.

Keywords:   urbanization, Mediterranean region, archaeologists, state formation, urban settlements, town

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