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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. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 71. 361-378 .

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Abstract

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
Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeology, landscape, Iron Age, memory studies, materials culture
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Helen L Loney
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2009 14:44
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2009 14:44
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/737

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