Pylos Regional Archaeological Project, Part IV: Change and the Human Landscape in a Modern Greek Village in Messenia

by Wayne E. Lee

Hesperia, Volume 70, Issue 1
Page(s): 49-98
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2668487
Year: 2001


This article presents the results of fieldwork, interviews, and archival research into how land use and agricultural choices in the post-1829 era have affected the landscape around the village of Maryeli in Messenia, Greece. Although relatively isolated, and never demographically significant, Maryeli's landscape bears visible marks of the ebbs and flows of world trade. While in many ways the methods of land use in Maryeli are still visibly preindustrial, the goals of land use have long been "modern" in their relationship to capitalism and international market forces. Those goals repeatedly have reshaped the land.