A Phenomenology of Landscape
Places, Paths and Monuments
By (author) Christopher Tilley
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Phenomenology of Landscape by Christopher Tilley
Book DescriptionOffers a new approach to landscape perception.This book is an extended photographic essay about topographic features of the landscape. It integrates philosophical approaches to landscape perception with anthropological studies of the significance of the landscape in small-scale societies. This perspective is used to examine the relationship between prehistoric sites and their topographic settings. The author argues that the architecture of Neolithic stone tombs acts as a kind of camera lens focussing attention on landscape features such as rock outcrops, river valleys, mountain spurs in their immediate surroundings. These monuments played an active role in socializing the landscape and creating meaning in it.A Phenomenology of Landscape is unusual in that it links two types of publishing which have remained distinct in archaeology: books with atmospheric photographs of monuments with a minimum of text and no interpretation; and the academic text in which words provide a substitute for visual imagery. Attractively illustrated with many photographs and diagrams, it will appeal to anyone interested in prehistoric monuments and landscape as well as students and specialists in archaeology, anthropology and human geography. 'Reception, perception and interpretation are key to understanding landscapes. This book provides a useful starting point for comprehension of these topics.'Dr. Stuart Prior, University of Bristol
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780854969197
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 14-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher Tilley
Ideology, Power and Prehistory, Paperback (November 2008)
This book starts from the premise that methodology has always dominated archaeology to the detriment of broader social theory.
Materiality of Stone, Paperback (July 2004)
From the silky wax qualities of the surfaces of some quartz menhirs to the wood-grain textures of others, to the golden honeycombed limestones of Malta, to the icy frozen waves of the Cambrian sandstone of south-east Sweden, this book investigates the sensuous material qualities of stone.
Ethnography of the Neolithic, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Christopher Tilley
A reconstruction of society in prehistoric Scandinavia, which integrates archaeology and anthropology.
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Author Biography - Christopher Tilley
Christopher Tilley is Professor of Anthropology, University College London
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