The Hidden Landscape of Prehistoric Greece


  • John L. Bintliff Universiteit Leiden
  • Phil Howard University of Durham
  • Anthony Snodgrass University of Cambridge



Mediterranean Archaeology


For all-period intensive surveys in Greece, even those of very recent years, an abiding problem has been the difficulty of detecting prehistoric remains, whether at the level of nucleated sites or in the form of scatters across the landscape. The authors suggest explanations for the problems encountered in this regard, over the past 20 years, by the Boeotia Survey. They offer some first steps toward the solutions of these problems, based on assessment of the actual results achieved, here and elsewhere by intensive survey methods.

Author Biographies

John L. Bintliff, Universiteit Leiden

J.L. Bintliff is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Leiden. He was trained as a prehistorian at Cambridge by David Clarke and E.S. Higgs, and has been successively Lecturer and Reader in Archaeology at the University of Durham. His publications include 'Natural Environment and Human Settlement in Prehistoric Greece' (1977), 'European Social Evolution: Archaeological Perspectives' (1984), 'The Annales School and Archaeology' (1991), 'Europe Between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages' (with H. Hamerow) (1995), and 'Structure and Contingency in the Evolution of Life, Human Evolution and Human History' (1999).

Phil Howard, University of Durham

P. Howard is Senior Experimental Officer in the Archaeology Department at Durham University. He took his BA in Prehistory and Archaeology at Sheffield University and an MA in Scientific Methods in Archaeology at Bradford University. His research interests include geophysical prospection and archaeological computing, particularly the application of Geographical Information Systems.

Anthony Snodgrass, University of Cambridge

A.M. Snodgrass is Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. He trained as a Classical Archaeologist at Oxford University, then was successively Lecturer, Reader and Professor at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to his present chair in 1976. He has specialized in protohistoric and early historical Greece, and his publications include 'The Dark Age of Greece' (1971), 'Archaic Greece' (1980) and 'An Archaeology of Greece' (1987).



How to Cite

Bintliff, J. L., Howard, P., & Snodgrass, A. (2000). The Hidden Landscape of Prehistoric Greece. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 12(2), 139–168.




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