Landscape Archaeology: Introduction

Authored by: Bruno David , Julian Thomas

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.ch1

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Abstract

[Without place] there would be neither language, nor action nor being as they have come to consciousness through time. There would be no “where” within which history could take place. “Where” is never there, a region over against us, isolated and objective. “Where” is always part of us and we part of it. It mingles with our being, so much so that place and human being are enmeshed, forming a fabric that is particular, concrete and dense. (Joseph Grange 1985: 71)

… a given place takes on the qualities of its occupants, reflecting these qualities in its own constitution and description and expressing them in its occurrence as event: places not only are, they happen (and it is because they happen that they lend themselves so well to narration, whether as history or as story). (Edward S. Casey 1996: 27)

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