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The paradox of landscape

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'The paradox of landscape' is that, in theory, landscape aspires to a totality of human experience, but in practice it suppresses the complexity of the human experience. By supposing a 'landscape perspective' in the past, archaeologists are imposing a modern view of the world. In consequence, more varied perspectives should be considered during any archaeological inquiry. This is not a criticism of the use of landscape as a term to distinguish the wider spatial relationships between places which exist in the present. What is suggested as being unjustifiable is the use of the 'landscape perspective' to orientate and contextualize past human experience. This critique is illustrated and complemented by a case-study examining prehistoric land enclosure in Britain. Copyright © 1998 Sage Publications.

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Author(s): Johnston R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Archaeology

Year: 1998

Volume: 1

Issue: 3

Pages: 313-325

Print publication date: 01/12/1998

ISSN (print): 1461-9571

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2722

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/146195719800100303


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