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Download e-book for kindle: A Phenomenology of Landscape: Places, Paths and Monuments by Christopher Tilley

By Christopher Tilley

ISBN-10: 1859730760

ISBN-13: 9781859730768

This ebook is a longer photographic essay approximately topographic beneficial properties of the panorama. It integrates philosophical techniques to panorama conception with anthropological stories of the importance of the panorama in small-scale societies. this angle is used to check the connection among prehistoric websites and their topographic settings. the writer argues that the structure of Neolithic stone tombs acts as one of those digital camera lens focussing cognizance on panorama gains comparable to rock outcrops, river valleys, mountain spurs of their quick atmosphere. those monuments performed an lively function in socializing the panorama and growing that means in it.

A Phenomenology of panorama is uncommon in that it hyperlinks different types of publishing that have remained special in archaeology: books with atmospheric images of monuments with at least textual content and no interpretation; and the educational textual content within which phrases offer an alternative to visible imagery. Attractively illustrated with many images and diagrams, it's going to attract an individual attracted to prehistoric monuments and panorama in addition to scholars and experts in archaeology, anthropology and human geography.

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Yet this is about as far as Turnbull's fascinating account goes on the subject of the landscape, and it would be unwise to generalize from it, viz: all hunter-gatherers tend to view the land from a decentred perspective in which many places within it are of equal relevance, while farmers have a more centred or concentric frame of Social Construction of Landscape in Small-Scale Societies 37 reference, focused on the village looking out. These are more likely to represent two extremes along a continuum of variation of cultural responses.

Features of the natural landscape may be held to have provided a symbolic resource of the utmost significance to prehistoric populations. A number of ethnographies of small-scale societies, discussed in Chapter 2, of both hunter-gatherers and subsistence cultivators, indicate that rather than simply providing a backdrop for human action the natural landscape is a cognized form redolent with place names, associations and memories that serve to humanize and enculture landscape, linking together topographical features, trees, rocks, rivers, birds and animals with patterns of human intentionality.

Anyone who regularly forages in a region needs to be intimately acquainted 48 A Phenomenology of Landscape with ancestral lore, ceremony, song and sacred objects, which become the grounding basis for all life movements. People cannot 'hold' a country as children, but only when they have become 'big'. ). At death the living must relinquish their claims to a country, and their descendants must take care of it, perform the correct ceremonies and guard the ancestral relics. Alienation of any part of the country from its rightful owners and their heirs is a violation of the entire moral order, a desecration (Munn 1970:150).

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