By Christopher Tilley
This booklet is a longer photographic essay approximately topographic beneficial properties of the panorama. It integrates philosophical ways to panorama conception with anthropological stories of the importance of the panorama in small-scale societies. this attitude is used to ascertain the connection among prehistoric websites and their topographic settings. the writer argues that the structure of Neolithic stone tombs acts as a type of digital camera lens focussing consciousness on panorama positive aspects equivalent to rock outcrops, river valleys, mountain spurs of their instant atmosphere. those monuments performed an energetic function in socializing the panorama and growing which means in it.
A Phenomenology of panorama is rare in that it hyperlinks different types of publishing that have remained unique in archaeology: books with atmospheric images of monuments with at the least textual content and no interpretation; and the tutorial textual content during which phrases supply an alternative choice to visible imagery. Attractively illustrated with many pictures and diagrams, it is going to attract an individual attracted to prehistoric monuments and panorama in addition to scholars and experts in archaeology, anthropology and human geography.
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Duncan (1989) seriously questions whether there is anything such as locality which can be meaningfully distinguished from the non-local recounting the quip that regional geographers are 'trying to put boundaries that do not exist around regions that do not matter' (Duncan 1989: 238). But he is writing within the context of the development of a theoretical geography of the modern world system. While we might accept that it is virtually impossible to distinguish distinctive spatial parameters of whatever might be defined as 'locality' within contemporary Britain such a conclusion is anachronistic and unhelpful when transferred to the past.
The whole notion of Space, Place, Landscape and Perception 25 landscape, Cosgrove argues, propagates a visual ideology masking the social forces and relations of production, relations of exploitation and alienation. Yet in a seemingly contradictory fashion Cosgrove also extols the virtues of landscape as concept and image: landscape is a uniquely valuable concept for a humane geography. Unlike place it reminds us of our position in the scheme of nature. Unlike environment or space it reminds us that only through human consciousness and reason is that scheme known to us, and only through technique can we participate as humans in it.
Landscape has remained a neglected area of study, and detailed accounts are few and far between. Two books, currently in press as I write, are exceptions which prove the rule (Bender 1993; Hirsch and O'Hanlon, in press). One, I think erroneous, conclusion that might be drawn from this is that the landscape simply does not matter, or the category is irrelevant to understanding the manner in which populations in small-scale societies interact with, understand and relate to their physical surroundings.