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Memory, Myth and Long-term Landscape Inhabitation

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Publisher or commissioning bodyOxbow Books
Number of pages358
ISBN (Print)978-1-78297-393-5
DatePublished - 10 Dec 2013


Memory and forgetting are fundamental to human existence and experience. Within archaeology, although there has been increasing acknowledgement of the role of the past in the past, to date there has been surprisingly little specific discussion of how such long-term persistence of place and practice was possible; and why this was the case. The sixteen papers in this collection use detailed contextual evidence and the results of radiocarbon dating to address these questions. Many papers highlight non-monumental practices, the less visible or tangible, where ‘memory work’ can be identified in ‘everyday’ landscapes. This volume weaves recent theoretical considerations of memory, materiality and landscape with exciting evidence emerging from research and developer-funded archaeology. There is a focus on British archaeology from the Neolithic to the early medieval period, but other papers deal with Neolithic Central Europe, ancient Etruscan and Egyptian landscapes, and historic Native American practices. The contributors are Jocelyn Ahlers, Alistair Barclay, Adrian M. Chadwick, Gareth Chaffey, Chris Fenton-Thomas, Anna Garnett, Catriona D. Gibson, Andrew Hoaen, Daniela Hofmann, Kirsten Jarrett, Andy M. Jones, Helen Loney, Louise Martin, Jane Richardson, Gary Robinson, Lucy Shipley, John Thomas, Mara Vejby, and Alexandra Vieira; and there is also a foreword by Richard Bradley.

    Research areas

  • landscape, memory, archaeology


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