The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Archaeology, hydrogeology and geomythology in the Stymphalos Valley

Archaeology, hydrogeology and geomythology in the Stymphalos Valley
Archaeology, hydrogeology and geomythology in the Stymphalos Valley
This paper uses the results of recent excavations of the city of Stymphalos and environmental studies on the floor of the Stymphalos polje to examine the role of both the lake and springs in the history of the classical city. Associated with Artemis and famed for Herakles’ sixth labour (killing of the Stymphalian birds) the city has a rich mythology. Whilst this narrative has been associated solely with the lake, it is argued here that this geomythology was part of the city’s relationship to environmental unpredictability and the relationship between water supply and water loss. Seen in this context, the construction of the Fountain-house well above the contemporary lake-shore is symbolic of the importance of springs to the foundation and sustainability of the classical city during both the Greek and Roman Periods. Through these archaeological and environmental analyses, we seek to illustrate the complimentary, but complex nature of archaeological, hydrogeological and palaeoenvironmental data that intersect in the geomythological landscapes of Mediterranean antiquity.
2352-409X
1-20
Brown, Antony
c51f9d3e-02b0-47da-a483-41c354e78fab
Scaife, Rob
c630c8e2-ccbd-49cb-880f-d4086177fec6
Walsh, Kevin
61615c49-7a43-403e-993d-7842557e8eab
Gourley, Benjamin
00b00e20-90fa-4916-8ae8-5c22272f8d6c
Brown, Antony
c51f9d3e-02b0-47da-a483-41c354e78fab
Scaife, Rob
c630c8e2-ccbd-49cb-880f-d4086177fec6
Walsh, Kevin
61615c49-7a43-403e-993d-7842557e8eab
Gourley, Benjamin
00b00e20-90fa-4916-8ae8-5c22272f8d6c

Brown, Antony, Scaife, Rob, Walsh, Kevin and Gourley, Benjamin (2017) Archaeology, hydrogeology and geomythology in the Stymphalos Valley. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 1-20. (In Press)

Record type: Article

Abstract

This paper uses the results of recent excavations of the city of Stymphalos and environmental studies on the floor of the Stymphalos polje to examine the role of both the lake and springs in the history of the classical city. Associated with Artemis and famed for Herakles’ sixth labour (killing of the Stymphalian birds) the city has a rich mythology. Whilst this narrative has been associated solely with the lake, it is argued here that this geomythology was part of the city’s relationship to environmental unpredictability and the relationship between water supply and water loss. Seen in this context, the construction of the Fountain-house well above the contemporary lake-shore is symbolic of the importance of springs to the foundation and sustainability of the classical city during both the Greek and Roman Periods. Through these archaeological and environmental analyses, we seek to illustrate the complimentary, but complex nature of archaeological, hydrogeological and palaeoenvironmental data that intersect in the geomythological landscapes of Mediterranean antiquity.

Text
Stymphalos Paper V9 - Accepted Manuscript
Download (3MB)

More information

Accepted/In Press date: 28 March 2017
Organisations: Palaeoenvironment Laboratory (PLUS), Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 411760
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411760
ISSN: 2352-409X
PURE UUID: f2f9f51a-3d06-489b-a2af-c933502afb04
ORCID for Antony Brown: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1990-4654

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 23 Jun 2017 16:31
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 05:48

Export record

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×