From phantom town to maritime cultural landscape and beyond Dreamer s Bay Roman Byzantine port the Akrotiri Peninsula Cyprus and eastern.pdf (7.47 MB)

From phantom town to maritime cultural landscape and beyond: Dreamer’s Bay Roman-Byzantine ‘port’, the Akrotiri peninsula, Cyprus, and Eastern Mediterranean maritime communications

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posted on 09.09.2021, 14:43 by Simon James, Lucy Blue, Adam Rogers, Vicki Score
At Dreamer’s Bay on the Akrotiri Peninsula of Cyprus lie remains of what has been interpreted as a, perhaps the main, port for Roman and early Byzantine Kourion. New research reveals a significantly different picture. This was not a nucleated port town as sometimes assumed, but a concentration of maritime facilities with a variety of functions, including an artificially enhanced (but still mediocre) harbour, and shoreline installations partly facilitating Kourion’s commerce in commodities like wine and oil. It was also partly an industrial landscape focused on stone quarries above the bay and, perhaps equally important, a proposed watering and victualling stop for long-haul shipping between the Aegean, Egypt and the Levant. Dreamer’s Bay was hardly a distinct ‘site’or ‘place’, but rather a commercial/industrial zone forming part of an integrated landscape of settlement and activity spanning the entire peninsula, which itself constituted a major maritime crossroads in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Citation

Levant, 52:3,337-360, DOI: 10.1080/00758914.2021.1887647

Author affiliation

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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VoR (Version of Record)

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Levant

Volume

52

Issue

3

Pagination

337-360

Publisher

Maney Publishing

issn

0075-8914

Acceptance date

09/12/2020

Copyright date

2021

Available date

09/09/2021

Language

en

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