Archaeologies of Landscape: Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

Archaeologies of Landscape: Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

by Wendy Ashmore
     
 

Archaeologists have long given attention to landscape, especially within settlement archaeology. In recent years, however, the focus on landscape has shifted and what was once generally passive background has now assumed the foreground. This results partly from archaeologists expanding their view beyond individual sites to considering a more comprehensive

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Archaeologists have long given attention to landscape, especially within settlement archaeology. In recent years, however, the focus on landscape has shifted and what was once generally passive background has now assumed the foreground. This results partly from archaeologists expanding their view beyond individual sites to considering a more comprehensive distribution of human traces in and especially between specific "places of special interest".

This book offers new and diverse perspectives on the ideational qualities of past landscapes. The editors introduce several theoretical sources supporting studies of ideational landscapes and, in so doing, give definitions of key categories of landscape, as constructed, conceived, and ideational. The contributors draw on the wide range of literature on these kinds of landscape, numerous case studies and their own theoretical background and experience to provide a thematic examination of the archaeologies of landscape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631211068
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/08/1999
Series:
Social Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Archaeological Landscapes: Constructed, Conceptualized, Ideational1
Pt. IEthnographic and Historical Cases
2Identifying Ancient Sacred Landscapes in Australia: From Physical to Social33
3Creating Social Identity in the Landscape: Tidewater, Virginia, 1600-175058
4Conceptual Landscapes in the Egyptian Nile Valley83
5Buddhist Landscapes of East Asia101
6Mountains, Caves, Water: Ideational Landscapes of the Ancient Maya124
Pt. IIProtohistoric/Ethnohistoric Cases
7The Inca Cognition of Landscape: Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and the Aesthetic of Alterity149
8The Ideology of Settlement: Ancestral Keres Landscapes in the Northern Rio Grande169
Pt. IIIPrehistoric Cases
9Centering the Ancestors: Cemeteries, Mounds, and Sacred Landscapes of the Ancient North American Midcontinent201
10Ideational and Industrial Landscape on Prehistoric Cyprus229
11The Mythical Landscapes of the British Iron Age253
Pt. IVCommentaries
12Sacred Landscapes: Constructed and Conceptualized269
13Exploring Everyday Places and Cosmologies277
Index286

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