The Body and the Senses: Implications for Landscape Archaeology

Authored by: Paul Rainbird

Handbook of Landscape Archaeology

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598742947
eBook ISBN: 9781315427737
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427720


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Landscape archaeology has had at its foundation the requirement of observation. These observations have usually been derived from patterns identified on aerial photographs, maps and plans, revealing palimpsests of relative chronology in landscape use. These two dimensional perspectives have been added to by a concern with how the landscapes are actually experienced on the ground in the present and how this may allow for a new understanding of landscapes at various points in the past. Such approaches have been influenced by phenomenology, but, like their predecessors, the observations have usually privileged vision over other sensory experiences. In this chapter, I consider the possibilities of going beyond vision to incorporate other sensory perceptions of the landscape. I consider the body in landscape archaeology and landscape in sociocultural anthropology and move on to present examples of the roles of sound in the landscapes of the ancient past.

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