GIAP workshop: Landscape, display and economy at Abdera and Thrace

This Thursday, 24th November 2022, ICAC will be hosting a GIAP workshop in the context of the recently finalised Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship of Dr. Merkouris Georgiadis:

Landscape, display and economy at Abdera and Thrace: using modern archaeological field and lab methods to better understand colonial landscapes (from 3000BC to AD100)

Date: 24th November 2022.

· Dr. Merkouris Georgiadis. Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology & National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
· Dr. Hèctor A. Orengo. Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology.
· Maria Ferrer Bonet. Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology.

Organised and hosted by:
Landscape Archaeology Research Group (GIAP), Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC).
Pl. de’n Rovellat s/n 43003 Tarragona.

Contact point: Maria Ferrer Bonet
Programme & abstracts

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  • Arnau Garcia-Molsosa (Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology)
  • Merkouris Georgiadis (Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology & National and Kapodistrian Uni. of Athens)
  • Constantina Kallintzi (Ephorate of Antiquities of Xanthi)
  • Eurydice Kefalidou (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Alfredo Mayoral Pascual (Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology)
  • Hèctor A. Orengo (Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology)
  • Domna Terzopoulou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Evros)


This workshop aims to bring together researchers working in Thrace to discuss current state and future archaeological developments in the area with a particular emphasis on its colonial productive landscape within and around the city of Adbera.

Most work resulting in economic analysis takes place on site. Techniques such as zooarchaeology archaeobotany, and material culture studies from multiple sites are used to analyse different aspects of the economy, consumption, trade, commerce, and production. Different methods such as excavations and systematic surveys provide new evidence for the local economy in a given period. However, these studies rarely take into account the areas where the actual production and display take place. Equally, landscape studies do not count within its main topics the study of productive and display landscapes, even those subfields such as the study of field systems rarely delve in the actual products being developed or how these contribute to the economy of the area. Funerary landscapes are also often overlooked in favour of the material culture recovered within burial grounds rather than the sites themselves and their impact. These trends become more evident when dealing with colonial landscapes where colonists adapted to but also transformed the environments in which they settled, changing them to fit their economic and production needs using their particular culturally inherited agro-silvo-pastoral procedures. These reflected and responded to their own concepts of landscape and were limited and shaped by the interaction with local communities and the particularities of the new colonial environments.

This workshop aims to start bridging this gap by defining the study of productive landscapes and collecting data from Abdera and Thrace more broadly in which the analysis of productive landscapes is addressed. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 839650

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