Sprawl, squatters and sustainable cities

Can archaeological data shed light on modern urban issues?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

48 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Ancient cities as documented by archaeologists and historians have considerable relevance for a broader understanding of modern cities and general processes of urbanization. This article reviews three themes that illustrate such relevance: sprawl, squatter settlements and urban sustainability. Archaeology's potential for illuminating these and other topics, however, remains largely unrealized because we have failed to develop the concepts and methods required to analyse such processes in the past. The following aspects are examined for each of the three themes: the modern situation, the potential insights that archaeology could contribute, and what archaeologists would need to do to produce those insights. The author then discusses some of the benefits that would accrue from increased communication between archaeologists and other scholars of urbanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-253
Number of pages25
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Fingerprint

squatter
archaeology
urbanization
historian
sustainability
communication
Archaeology
Archaeologists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies

Cite this

Sprawl, squatters and sustainable cities : Can archaeological data shed light on modern urban issues? / Smith, Michael.

In: Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, 06.2010, p. 229-253.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{7486f969024e485e9e0ef4a728be11c5,
title = "Sprawl, squatters and sustainable cities: Can archaeological data shed light on modern urban issues?",
abstract = "Ancient cities as documented by archaeologists and historians have considerable relevance for a broader understanding of modern cities and general processes of urbanization. This article reviews three themes that illustrate such relevance: sprawl, squatter settlements and urban sustainability. Archaeology's potential for illuminating these and other topics, however, remains largely unrealized because we have failed to develop the concepts and methods required to analyse such processes in the past. The following aspects are examined for each of the three themes: the modern situation, the potential insights that archaeology could contribute, and what archaeologists would need to do to produce those insights. The author then discusses some of the benefits that would accrue from increased communication between archaeologists and other scholars of urbanism.",
author = "Michael Smith",
year = "2010",
month = "6",
doi = "10.1017/S0959774310000259",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "20",
pages = "229--253",
journal = "Cambridge Archaeological Journal",
issn = "0959-7743",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sprawl, squatters and sustainable cities

T2 - Can archaeological data shed light on modern urban issues?

AU - Smith, Michael

PY - 2010/6

Y1 - 2010/6

N2 - Ancient cities as documented by archaeologists and historians have considerable relevance for a broader understanding of modern cities and general processes of urbanization. This article reviews three themes that illustrate such relevance: sprawl, squatter settlements and urban sustainability. Archaeology's potential for illuminating these and other topics, however, remains largely unrealized because we have failed to develop the concepts and methods required to analyse such processes in the past. The following aspects are examined for each of the three themes: the modern situation, the potential insights that archaeology could contribute, and what archaeologists would need to do to produce those insights. The author then discusses some of the benefits that would accrue from increased communication between archaeologists and other scholars of urbanism.

AB - Ancient cities as documented by archaeologists and historians have considerable relevance for a broader understanding of modern cities and general processes of urbanization. This article reviews three themes that illustrate such relevance: sprawl, squatter settlements and urban sustainability. Archaeology's potential for illuminating these and other topics, however, remains largely unrealized because we have failed to develop the concepts and methods required to analyse such processes in the past. The following aspects are examined for each of the three themes: the modern situation, the potential insights that archaeology could contribute, and what archaeologists would need to do to produce those insights. The author then discusses some of the benefits that would accrue from increased communication between archaeologists and other scholars of urbanism.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=77953697130&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=77953697130&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1017/S0959774310000259

DO - 10.1017/S0959774310000259

M3 - Article

VL - 20

SP - 229

EP - 253

JO - Cambridge Archaeological Journal

JF - Cambridge Archaeological Journal

SN - 0959-7743

IS - 2

ER -