Monumental Architecture, Urbanism and Late Cypriot Sociopolitical Dynamics

Monumental Architecture, Place and Social Interaction in Late Bronze Age Cyprus - Kevin D. Fisher

Kevin D. Fisher [+-]
University of British Columbia
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Kevin D. Fisher is Assistant Professor of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of British Columbia. He is interested in urbanism, monumentality and the social dynamics of built environments, and the application of geospatial and digital technologies in archaeological research. He is currently Co-director of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project in Cyprus and co-editor of the 2014 volume Making Ancient Cities: Space and Place in Early Urban Societies (Cambridge University Press).


This monograph adopts an integrative approach to investigate how Cypriot elites employed monumental architecture as a means of advancing their sociopolitical power during the Late Bronze Age (LBA; c. 1750-1050 BC). Using such an approach, archaeologists studying ancient societies elsewhere in the Mediterranean should be able to 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 religious rituals, that created social bonds or emphasized social distance as the sociopolitical objectives of interaction required. 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. The integrative approach emphasizes the role of buildings in controlling movement and encounter and in serving as the contexts for interactions through which sociopolitical structures are developed, maintained, transformed and reproduced. It investigates this using an interdisciplinary methodology that integrates access analysis with nonverbal communication and visibility analyses.

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Fisher, Kevin D. . Monumental Architecture, Urbanism and Late Cypriot Sociopolitical Dynamics. Monumental Architecture, Place and Social Interaction in Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2022. ISBN 9781845534042. Date accessed: 03 Dec 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24639. Nov 2022

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