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Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sam Turner,
Dr Stelios Lekakis,
Dr Christopher SevaraORCiD
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For future landscapes to be sustainable, significant changes in land-use and management practices will be needed. This article argues that landscape archaeology can make distinctive contributions to sustainability in two ways: firstly, by researching what were and were not sustainable ways of life in the past, and secondly by using this knowledge to explain how landscapes of the past differed to those of today, and in doing so to disrupt the invented connections between past societies, tradition, heritage and conservation. The article draws on three case-studies in China, the Mediterranean and the UK to suggest that archaeological knowledge could be used to help stakeholders imagine future landscapes which are better and more sustainable than those of today. To succeed archaeologists will need to make deeper commitments to transdisciplinary work.
Author(s): Turner S, Kinnaird T, Koparal E, Lekakis S, Sevara C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: World Archaeology
Online publication date: 18/06/2021
Acceptance date: 17/05/2021
Date deposited: 17/05/2021
ISSN (print): 0043-8243
ISSN (electronic): 1470-1375
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