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Past Economic and Cultural use of the Mountainous Landscape North of the Korça basin, Albania

In this project, we archaeologically research a mountain landscape in Albania in order to investigate the nature of past peoples’ relationships with the mountains throughout several millennia of prehistory and history. Previous research and preliminary results from our project indicate both economic use of mountains – for sources of raw materials, for pastoralism, and hunting – as well as religious uses related to deposition and seclusion. Mountain settlements can also have social functions of defense or be communal focal points. Our project uses data gathered during the summer of 2023 to produce geospatial models, to think through possible economic, social and ritual uses of the research area, and to coalesce these interpretations into academic products e.g., presentations and a journal paper. 

Patrick T. Willett