Forms of Dwelling: 20 years of Taskscapes in archaeology

Forms of Dwelling: 20 years of Taskscapes in archaeology


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The concept of a socially constructed space of human activity in areas of everyday actions, as initially proposed in the field of anthropology by Tim Ingold, has actually been much more applied in archaeology. In this wide-ranging collection of 13 papers, including a reassessment by Ingold himself, contributors show why it has been so influential, with papers ranging from the study of Mesolithic to historic and contemporary archaeology, revisiting different research themes, such as Ingold's own Lapland study, and the development of landscape archaeology. A series of case studies demonstrates the value and strength of the taskscape concept applied to a variety of contexts and scales across wide geographical and temporal situations. While exploring new frontiers, the papers contrast British, Nordic and Mediterranean archaeologies to showcase the study of material culture and landscape and conclude with an assessment of the concept of taskcape and its further developments.

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ISBN-13: 9781785703775
Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ulla Rajala is currently a researcher at Stockholm University. She was the field director of the Nepi survey in central Italy in 1999 and 2000 and ran the Cisterna Grande excavations at Crustumerium , outs of Rome in 2004-2008. She is currently the co-ordinator of the Stockholm Volterra Project . She developed the ceamiscene framework on the basis of ‘taskscapes ‘ together with Dr Mills

Phil Mills is a freelance Roman ceramic specialist (including pottery and ceramic building materials), primarily working in the UK but also around the classical world: most recently in Tunisia, Syria, Italy, Lebanon, and Turkey. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow for the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester.

Table of Contents


Introduction: from taskscape to ceramiscene and beyond
Ulla Rajala and Philip Mills

Taking taskscape to task
Tim Ingold

Landscape archaeology and the re-humanisation project
Andrew Fleming

Approaching the Mesolithic through taskscapes: a case study from western Ireland
Killian Driscoll

Interpreting a ceramiscene: characterizing Late Republican and Imperial landscapes
Ulla Rajala and Philip Mills

The roofscapes of Petra. The use of ceramic roof tiles in a Nabataean-Roman urban context
Pirjo Hamari

Taskscapes in a cityscape – the relocation of secular and religious activities in Late antique Athens
Arja Karivieri

Materialized taskscapes? Mesolithic lithic procurement in Southern Norway
Astrid J. Nyland

Stone and social circles: taskscape and landscape survey at Yadlee Stone Circle
Tom Gardner, Alexander Westra, Alexander Wood and Colton Vogelaar

Diachronic powerscapes: A case study from Odda, Norway
Anne Drageset

Temporality in a Maori landscape: The progression of inter-related activities over 400 years in the Hauraki Plain, New Zealand
Caroline Phillips

Sámi sacred places in ritual taskscapes
Tiina Äikäs

The secret taskscape: Implications for the study of Cold War activities
Bob Clarke

Excavating a taskscape, flowscape and ceramiscene in the Black Country
Matt Edgeworth

Concluding remarks
Julian Thomas

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