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Travel as communication: A consideration of overland journeys in Anglo-Saxon England

Reynolds, A; Langlands, A; (2011) Travel as communication: A consideration of overland journeys in Anglo-Saxon England. World Archaeology , 43 (3) pp. 410-427. 10.1080/00438243.2011.615158.

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Abstract

This paper considers the relationship between the act of travel and perceptions of landscape drawing upon case studies from Anglo-Saxon England. Two perspectives are offered. First, we address the issue of large-scale mental mapping of journeys and the degree to which moving from one place to another can be reconstructed using the landscape as a document. Second, we examine how local territories, regions and their boundary markers reveal a folkloric or 'story-telling' mythologizing of landscape as an early medieval practice, and the impact that this may have had on the experience of travel. We argue that a distinction can be drawn between what we term 'direct' and 'associative' experience of landscape and that local experience inspired emotive reactions to unfamiliar landscapes. We promote the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach and our case studies draw upon archaeological, written and toponymic evidence. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Type: Article
Title: Travel as communication: A consideration of overland journeys in Anglo-Saxon England
DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2011.615158
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1353812
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