Seascapes and fresh water management in rural Greece: the case of the Mani peninsula, 1261–1821 CE

Rebecca M. Seifried
2020 Levant  
The Mani peninsula is a semi-arid landscape with few natural sources of fresh water, yet it supported a dense population during the Late Byzantine and Ottoman periods. This paper reviews the archaeological and historical evidence for watermanagement practices in Mani, concentrating on its domestic-scale hydraulic infrastructure (cisterns and saltpans) and the ports and harbours along its coasts. The data point to a critical shift in household-level social organization at the turn of the 18th
more » ... tury, underscoring the fact that people living in supposedly 'peripheral' regions like Mani nevertheless engaged in far-reaching networks of contact and exchange.
doi:10.1080/00758914.2020.1789316 fatcat:ky2h7uhrrvdh5gptpvi765rw4a