Texas Tech University

Old Lands: A Chorography of the Eastern Peloponnese



Book Description:

Old Lands takes readers on an epic journey through the legion spaces and times of the Eastern Peloponnese. Trailing in the footsteps of a Roman periegete, an Ottoman traveler, and antiquarians, following waters in search of rest through the lens of Lucretian poetics, it reconstitutes an untimely mode of ambulatory writing, chorography, mindful of the challenges we all face in these precarious times. Turning on pressing concerns that arise out of object-oriented encounters, Old Lands ponders the disappearance of an agrarian world rooted in the Neolithic, the transition to urban-styles of living, changes in communication, movement, and metabolism, while opening fresh perspectives on long-term inhabitation, changing mobilities, and appropriation through pollution. Carefully composed with those objects encountered along its varied paths, this book offers an original and wonderous account of a region in twenty-seven segments, and fulfills a longstanding ambition within archaeology to generate a polychronic narrative that stands as a complement and alternative to diachronic history. 


Author Bio:

Christopher Witmore is professor of archaeology and classics with the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures. He is co-author of Archaeology: The Discipline of Things (2012, Berkeley: University of California Press, with B. Olsen, M. Shanks and T. Webmoor), co-editor of Archaeology in the Making (2013, paperback 2017, London: Routledge, with W. Rathje and M. Shanks), and co-author of Objects Untimely: Object-Oriented Philosophy and Archaeology (2023, Cambridge: Polity, with G. Harman). He is also co-editor of the Routledge series Archaeological Orientations (with G. Lucas).