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TERRACES

Terraces are the man-made horizontal areas on slopes that allow agricultural cultivation. They are usually supported by simple stone walls without the use of mortar.

Terraces present a significant and wide-spread anthropogenic manipulation in the landscape of the Aegean. Their prevalence implies their effectiveness as a technique of landscape management. At the same time, terraces present a historical and cultural heritage, a palimpsest of ongoing use throughout successive generations in the archipelago.

The research work that was realised by the laboratory aimed to comprehend the phenomenon of the creation of these pharaonical infrastructures in various islands of the Aegean, as well as reasons and activities that led to their progressive or even complete abandonment. The mapping of their use in the framework of this project constitutes material, which is useful and supporting in the management of terraced landscapes by administrative institutions, aiming at its long term maintenance.