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This chapter discusses the change in the use and concept of sacred landscapes, which were originally constructed in the Cypriot Basileis era. Methodology for approaching the study of sacred landscapes in ancient Cyprus indicating the limits and the dangers is discussed. Drawing on ideas from relevant and outstanding contributions to landscape archaeology, the chapter explores how spatial order is expected to articulate social order, and to be linked with shifting relations of power and cultural influence. Sanctuaries have been perceived as instrumental within a power system providing information on how ideas and goods are communicated and transmitted. It is important to appreciate that landscapes are managed by people, families or communities, whose management and agency influence the dynamics of landscapes, just as landscapes influence people. The dynamic two-ways processes of interaction between landscape and people have played an important role in the transformation of political, cultural and personal identities.

Keywords:Cypriot Basileis era; cypriot sacred landscapes; landscape archaeology; sacred landscapes; sanctuaries



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