The Making of the Cretan Landscape

The Making of the Cretan Landscape


By (author) Oliver Rackham, By (author) Jennifer Moody

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  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 238mm x 18mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 15 March 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 071903647X
  • ISBN 13: 9780719036477
  • Illustrations note: chronology
  • Sales rank: 1,069,980

Product description

This text aims to help the visitor to Crete understand its landscape. The authors explain how the island's peculiar and extraordinary features, moulded and modified by centuries of human activity, have come together to create today's landscape. They explain the formation and ecology of Crete's mountains and coastline, and examine contemporary threats to the island's natural beauty. The book draws on a range of evidence - field observations, archaeology, ancient and medieval documents, place-names, tree-rings and standing buildings. It should be of interest to general readers and travellers with an interest in Crete's landscape, natural history and history; and to students and scholars of Mediterranean landscape history, geography, historical ecology and archaeology.

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Review quote

'...remarkably comprehensive in its scope, covering the history, geology, natural history, agriculture and many peripheral topics in detail. You should read it from start to finish (several times).' --"BBC Wildlife Magazine" 'This is an excellent and very readable book.' --"The Anglo-Hellenic Review"

Table of contents

Chronology; history, pseudo-history and the use of evidence; the environment - making the mountains, weather and water; the inhabitants - wild animals, wild trees and plants, domestic animals and plants, people and settlements; the landscape - place-names, vegetation, vegetation history, terraces, fields and enclosures, boots, mules and roads, shepherding, buildings, sacred landscapes; unusual places - the high mountains, coasts and the sea, islets; the future - conservation and the future.