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1. Introduction

One of the most contentious issues in both landscape archaeology and studies of the rural economy is that of scale, and how large-scale processes can be linked to small-scale material traces, or vice versa (Archibald 2005, 2-4; Lock and Molyneaux 2006; Kowalewski 2008; Lucas 2010, 352-3). This article suggests a way of bridging some of the underlying issues of scale in relation to agricultural production in the rural landscape of the Hellenistic and Roman Peloponnese, primarily by concentrating the focus of analysis on labour and temporality beyond periodisation in order to deepen our understanding of the productive landscape.


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