Interpreting Landscapes: Geologies, Topographies, Identities; Explorations in Landscape Phenomenology 3

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Left Coast Press, Jun 15, 2010 - Social Science - 528 pages
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This book takes a new approach to writing about the past. Instead of studying the prehistory of Britain from Mesolithic to Iron Age times in terms of periods or artifact classifications, Tilley examines it through the lens of their geology and landscapes, asserting the fundamental significance of the bones of the land in the process of human occupation over the long durée. Granite uplands, rolling chalk downlands, sandstone moorlands, and pebbled hilltops each create their own potentialities and symbolic resources for human settlement and require forms of social engagement.  Taking his findings from years of phenomenological fieldwork experiencing different landscapes with all senses and from many angles, Tilley creates a saturated and historically imaginative account of the landscapes of southern England and the people who inhabited them. This work is also a key theoretical statement about the importance of landscapes for human settlement.
 

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Contents

List of Tables
14
Preface
17
Interpreting Landscapes
23
Chalk Country
59
From Pebbles to Sandstone and Slate
247
Granite
349
References
491
Index
515
About the Author
528
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Christopher Tilley is Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at University College London. He is the author of numerous books relating anthropological theories to archaeology. Recent books include A Phenomenology of Landscape (1994), An Ethnography of the Neolithic (1996), Metaphor and Material Culture (1999), Materiality of Stone (2004), Stone Worlds (2007) and Body and Image: Explorations in Landscape Phenomenology 2 (2008).

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