Landscape, Memory and Material Culture: Interpreting Diversity in the Iron Age

Loney, Helen L and Hoaen, Andrew (2005) Landscape, Memory and Material Culture: Interpreting Diversity in the Iron Age.

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Landscape studies offer the archaeologist a way to move towards the holistic integration of disparate aspects of research, such as excavation, survey, and specialist analysis. Because landscape perception is socially constructed, like other forms of material culture, it is possible to approach social behaviour in a way in which previously was only argued for portable artefacts. Memory studies have allowed historians, anthropologists, and archaeologists to link observable human behaviour with long-term human thought. Memory is also being used as a way of linking the otherwise invisible mind with the material by-products of society, such as monumental architecture. This paper will investigate how two contemporaneous settlements of Late Iron Age peoples, situated on the northern shores of Lake Ullswater, in the Lake District, Cumbria, manipulated their material landscapes as part of the process of transmitting cultural memories. Further, this information will be used in order to find a way of approaching the similarities of their cultural practices with each other and with the wider Iron Age community of Britain.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: CC Archaeology
Members: University of Worcester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:19
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:09

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