Myopic Misunderstandings? A Reply to Meyer (JMA 35(2), 2022)

Tymon de Haas, Thomas Leppard, Jitte Waagen, Toby Wilkinson

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This paper engages with Nathan Meyer’s (2022) paper ‘Finding Sites in Mediterranean Survey’. Building upon longstanding critiques of Mediterranean survey practices, Meyer argues for a re-direction of survey practices. We feel that several of his core arguments reflect an unbalanced view on the role of site and off-site data in Mediterranean surveys, conflating intensive and siteless surveys. Moreover, while these critiques seem to us unnecessarily negative regarding the analytical potential of off-site data, they also reflect an overconfident attitude towards the use of site data for comparative purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of mediterranean archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26-Oct-2023


  • landscape archaeology
  • field survey
  • Mediterranean archaeology

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