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Gansum, Jerpåsen & Keller: Arkeologisk landskapsanalyse med visuelle metoder. 0332-6306

Lotte Selsing

Arkeologisk landskapsanalyse med visuelle metoder (56 sider)

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Archaeological landscape analysis is combined with a visual approach in order to better understand the location of prehistoric sites and monuments. Archaeology is about finding and excavating sites and monuments, and drawing conclusions from this material. Archaeological sites and monuments are elements in the present landscape, but also evidence of how the landscape was used and regarded in the past. Analysis of their position in relation to other landscape elements may therefore reveal important information about how people in prehistoric times furnished their landscape with functional and symbolic installations. Archaeologists are also involved in shaping the landscape of the present, through their engagement in preservation of prehistoric sites and monuments, as well as through their involvement in modern area-planning. An extensive terminology for describing the visual properties of a landscape is presented along with methods for analyzing archaeological sites and landscapes in a visual perspective. Terminology and methods employed in landscape architecture are discussed and then modified to fit the purpose. To achieve this, the aesthetic approach utilized in landscape architecture is substituted by a cultural approach, acknowledging the fact that different cultures have their own significant aesthetic values, and that visual contexts are employed for a variety of purposes. Thus it is assumed that an inhabited landscape has a visual structure, a cultural structure and, as remains of previous structures, an archaeological structure. Through analysis of the visual and the archaeological structure, attempts at reconstructing previous cultural structures can be made. The methods explained are quite simple, but may be modified in any number of ways depending on the purpose of the analysis. Extensive examples illustrate the use of the visual methods for a variety of purposes, ranging from investigating the relationship between grave-mounds and land-use in prehistoric times to suggesting principles for integration of archaeological sites in modern area planning. 

Redaktørens adresse:

Lotte Selsing, Arkeologisk museum UiS, 
Telefon: 51832600. Telefax: 51836199.

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