Making Sense of an Historic Landscape

Hardcover | August 12, 2012

byStephen Rippon

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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 whylandscapes 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 discussion, Rippon makes use of a wide range of sources and techniques, including archaeologicalmaterial, documentary sources, maps, field- and place-names, and the evidence contained within houses that are still lived in today, to illustrate how local and regional variations in the 'historic landscape' can be understood. Rippon uses the Blackdown Hills in southern England, which marked an important boundary in landscape character from prehistory onwards, as a specific case study to be applied as a model for other landscape areas. Even today the fields, place-names, and styles of domestic architecture are verydifferent either side of the Blackdown Hills, and it is suggested that these differences in landscape character developed because of deep-rooted differences in the nature of society that are found right across southern England. Although focused on the more recent past, the volume also explores themedieval, Roman, and prehistoric periods.

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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 whylandscapes are so varied and how the landscape archa...

Stephen Rippon is Professor of Landscape Archaeology at the University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pagesPublished:August 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199533784

ISBN - 13:9780199533787

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Physical Character of Landscape3. The most beautiful landskip in the world ?: The Perceived Character of Landscape4. Characterising the Cultural Landscape: The Pattern and Language of Settlement5. Houses in the Landscape6. The Character of the Fieldscape7. Beyond the Morphology of Fieldscapes8. Reconstructing Early Medieval Territorial Arrangements9. Early Folk Territories on and Around the Blackdown Hills10. People in the Landscape: The Development of Territorial Structures in Early Medieval Western Wessex and Beyond11. Patterns of Land-use: Documentary Evidence and Palaeoenvironmental Sequences12. Arable Cultivation and Animal Husbandry in the Medieval Period13. Arable Cultivation and Animal Husbandry in the Roman Period14. Regional Variation in Landscape Character during the Late Prehistoric and Roman Periods15. Discussion and Conclusions: Communities and their LandscapesBibliographyIndex