By Tina L. Thurston
This e-book is an try to mixture conventional empirical, goal archaeological research with the learn of adjusting styles of landscapes and, via them, humans and areas and the relationships among them. the writer specializes in past due Iron Age southern Scandinavia via to early medieval polity of Denmark, a time of local transformation from many self reliant, complicated, middle-range societies right into a unified, centralized state. Read more...
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What seemingly substantial shifts or reversals are generally accepted by lords and peasants without quarrel? What type of situations are likely to be contested or likely to generate propaganda campaigns? The answers to these questions are sometimes unexpected. In conclusion, the existence of these fortuitous scraps of writing provide details, hints, or allusions to cultural practices that are often missing from the archaeological record. Elusive, yet profoundly important elements, such as concepts of regional identity, internal social conflicts, and ethnicity, become available topics of study, and like other puzzle-pieces that are routinely studied, may be tried and fitted against complementary data.
This should not imply that the individual is somehow subservient to an overly-reified community will, but it does enable the examination of the social side of an individual’s conscious life. ” The differentiation between memory as action and memory as representation is important; remembering or commemorating is a physical behavior, while memory is cognitive, a network of ideas. Here, remembering will mean commemoration, the action of speaking or writing about memories, the formal reenactment of the past in a social context.
Yet these approaches, as they are commonly applied in archaeology, are often lacking many of the humanistic elements that cultural geographers attempt to study. In addition to analyzing the physical remains in the landscape, cultural geographers attempt to understand the context of landscape to the people who created it, as opposed to interpretation through the filter of the researcher’s perception. Difficult as this is, it can be successful, and in this respect, cultural landscape studies address the more elusive questions that the post-processualist paradigm exhorts us to explore.
Landscapes of power, landscapes of conflict : state formation in the south Scandinavian Iron Age by Tina L. Thurston