Urban Sprawl: What is Urbanization and Why does it Matter?

Robin Osborne

in Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263259
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734618 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Urban Sprawl: What is Urbanization and Why does it Matter?

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This chapter explains the importance of studying urbanization in the Mediterranean region. Urbanization has become a somewhat unfashionable topic among archaeologists and this may be because it has become bound up with questions of state formation. This chapter highlights the need to analyse urban settlements in the way that sanctuaries and cemeteries have come to be analysed, and argues that attempts to understand what is going on in the Mediterranean in the early Iron Age are doomed unless the importance of the town as a unit of analysis is reinserted and the variable forms of town as a unit are examined.

Keywords: urbanization; Mediterranean region; archaeologists; state formation; urban settlements; town

Chapter.  7121 words. 

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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