Building and Architecture as Landscape Practice

Authored by: Lesley McFadyen

Handbook of Landscape Archaeology

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

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

10.4324/9781315427737.ch31

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Abstract

Over the last two decades, British prehistorians have created a distinctive social archaeology, and archaeological enquiry has increasingly focused on how people in the past perceived their world. Borrowing heavily from both anthropology (e.g., Hirsch and O’Hanlon 1995; Ingold 1993) and social geography (e.g., Hägerstrand 1970; Pred 1981), there has been a move within prehistoric research toward more people-centered, experiential, and phenomenological approaches in which landscape exists as a medium created through narrative, inhabitation, taskscape, social memory, and sensory experience (e.g., see Thomas, this volume). Landscapes have been considered as a network of places, as a medium through which places were socially constructed and made meaningful.

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