Lin Foxhall's Analysis

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As a major critique of Hanson’s model of the agrarian and military reforms, Lin Foxhall affirms that “archaeological and historical data differ in character, and historical ‘events’ do not map easily onto archaeological ‘events’” (Foxhall, 195). After conducting several archeological excavations across the Greek Peninsula, her findings on the Early- to Mid-Archaic period (650 – 535 BCE) reveal movement and settlement patterns of the land-working population unlike Hanson’s revolutionary colonization of marginal lands (e.g. hillslopes). Naturally, Foxhall questions not the increasing rural mobilization, but, rather, the purpose or motives behind it: “in periods when investment in the countryside and pressure on land increased for whatever reasons

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