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Low-Density Urbanism in Medieval Sri Lanka: Exploring the Hinterland of Polonnaruva

Low-Density Urbanism in Medieval Sri Lanka: Exploring the Hinterland of Polonnaruva <p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>A survey of the hinterland of Polonnaruva revealed that a planned pluralistic landscape developed in Sri Lanka during the latter Early Medieval period (a.d. 600–1200). This represents a significant shift in settlement pattern from the more organically developed Buddhist Temporalities landscape model as found at the antecedent capital of Anuradhapura. Settlements around Polonnaruva were larger, longer-lasting, and more evenly distributed than those at Anuradhapura. This coincided with a major island-wide shift toward centralization thought to be associated with experimentation with a new model of royal control. Both systems can be described as instances of low-density urbanism, however, suggesting that there was greater variation within this settlement genre than previously anticipated.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>A survey of the hinterland of Polonnaruva revealed that a planned pluralistic landscape developed in Sri Lanka during the latter Early Medieval period (a.d. 600–1200). This represents a significant shift in settlement pattern from the more organically developed Buddhist Temporalities landscape model as found at the antecedent capital of Anuradhapura. Settlements around Polonnaruva were larger, longer-lasting, and more evenly distributed than those at Anuradhapura. This coincided with a major island-wide shift toward centralization thought to be associated with experimentation with a new model of royal control. Both systems can be described as instances of low-density urbanism, however, suggesting that there was greater variation within this settlement genre than previously anticipated.</p>

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Asian PerspectivesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 30, 2021

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