Why is it that in some places around the world communities live in villages, while elsewhere people live in isolated houses scattered across the landscape? How does archaeology analyse the relationship between man and his environment? Making Sense of an Historic Landscape explores why landscapes are so varied and how the landscape archaeologist or historian can understand these differences.Local variation in the character of the countryside provides communities with an important sense of place, and this book suggests that some of these differences can be traced back to prehistory. In his discu
Cover; Contents; List of figures; List of plates; List of tables; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The physical character of landscape; 3. 'The most beautiful landskip in the world'? The perceived character of landscape; 4. Characterizing the cultural landscape: the pattern and language of settlement; 5. Houses in the landscape; 6. The character of the fieldscape; 7. Beyond the morphology of fieldscapes; 8. Reconstructing early medieval territorial arrangements; 9. Early folk territories on and around the Blackdown Hills 10. People in the landscape: the development of territorial structures in early Medieval western Wessex and beyond11. Patterns of land use: documentary evidence and palaeoenvironmental sequences; 12. Arable cultivation and animal husbandry in the medieval period; 13. Arable cultivation and animal husbandry in the Roman period; 14. Regional variation in landscape character during the late prehistoric and Roman periods; 15. Discussion and conclusions: communities and their landscapes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
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