By Christopher Tilley

This e-book takes a brand new method of writing in regards to the earlier. rather than learning the prehistory of england from Mesolithic to Iron Age instances when it comes to sessions or artifact classifications, Tilley examines it during the lens in their geology and landscapes, saying the elemental value of the bones of the land within the means of human profession over the lengthy durée. Granite uplands, rolling chalk downlands, sandstone moorlands, and pebbled hilltops every one create their very own possibilities and symbolic assets for human cost and require kinds of social engagement. Taking his findings from years of phenomenological fieldwork experiencing diversified landscapes with all senses and from many angles, Tilley creates a saturated and traditionally innovative account of the landscapes of southern England and the folk who inhabited them. This paintings can be a key theoretical assertion concerning the significance of landscapes for human payment.

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By digging, quarrying, mining, and revealing a hidden landscape through forest clearance, Neolithic populations importantly discovered the rocks beneath their feet and the morphologies of the land across which they moved. Tree clearance also had the effect of intensifying surface water run-off, exposing rocks, particularly on hilltops. Herding cattle similarly disturbed the ground, creating exposed hollow ways across such areas as the chalk downlands. Tilling the soil brought to the surface stones hidden in it.

Referencing: The monument itself or aspects of it: Doorways, entrances, views along its long axis point toward or direct one’s attention to particular features of the landscape beyond it, looking either toward or from it. ƒClustering: The grouping together of places or monuments around, on, or in relationship to particular landscape features, such as a particular hill or gap through a ridge. ƒPerspectival effects: The manner in which one’s sensory experience of landscape changes as one walks along, around, or through a monument—for example, how one’s experience changes, or does not, as one walks along a bank barrow or a stone row within or outside a stone circle or henge or settlement.

Outline of a Phenomenological Perspective 31 6. Visiting and exploring and recording ‘natural’ places within the landscape for which there is little or no archaeological evidence of human activity (Bradley 2000a; Tilley et al. 2000; Tilley and Bennett 2001). 7. Drawing together all these observations and experiences in the form of a synthetic text and imaginatively interpreting them in terms of possible prehistoric life-worlds: how people in the past made sense of, lived in, and understood their landscapes (Bender, Hamilton, and Tilley 2007; Tilley 2004a).

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