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View of the Lasithi plateau from the north. Photo: Andriana-Maria Xenaki.

View of the Lasithi plateau from the north. Photo: Andriana-Maria Xenaki.

Upper House Seminar

Andriana Xenaki (University of Cambridge/BSA), “‘A view from the mountain’s top’: modelling the use of mountainous areas in Eastern Crete”

Abstract: Using legacy data from eastern Crete’s most dominant landscape features – its rugged terrain and iconic mountains – this paper will explore some of the issues pertaining to the study of the relationships between ancient societies and their surrounding landscape. Out of the multitude of methods that have emerged in recent years, the current study uses Point Process Models (PPM) to examine the relationship between archaeological sites and environmental variables while simultaneously considering their social settings. This method, used as a heuristic tool to examine the reasons behind settlement location choices over time and to assess past assumptions about the location of sites in the mountains, provides important insights on differential site location priorities.


Hybrid lecture, 4pm (UK) / 6pm (Greece)

Please register here to attend online. No registration required for in-person attendance.

Upper House Seminar
When: 29 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EET
Where: British School at Athens, Upper House – Athens – 52 Souedias Street