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Landscape in the Longue Durée

Tilley, CY; (2017) Landscape in the Longue Durée. [Book]. UCL Press: London. Green open access

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Abstract

Pebbles are usually found only on the beach, in the liminal space between land and sea. But what happens when pebbles extend inland and create a ridge brushing against the sky? Landscape in the Longue Durée is a 4,000 year history of pebbles. It is based on the results of a four-year archaeological research project of the east Devon Pebblebed heathlands, a fascinating and geologically unique landscape in the UK whose bedrock is composed entirely of water-rounded pebbles. Christopher Tilley uses this landscape to argue that pebbles are like no other kind of stone – they occupy an especial place both in the prehistoric past and in our contemporary culture. It is for this reason that we must re-think continuity and change in a radically new way by considering embodied relations between people and things over the long term. Dividing the book into two parts, Tilley first explores the prehistoric landscape from the Mesolithic to the end of the Iron Age, and follows with an analysis of the same landscape from the eighteenth into the twenty-first century. The major findings of the four-year study are revealed through this chronological journey: from archaeological discoveries, such as the excavation of three early Bronze Age cairns, to the documentation of all 829 surviving pebble structures, and beyond, to the impact of the landscape on local economies and its importance today as a military training camp. The results of the study will inform many disciplines including archaeology, cultural and art history, anthropology, conservation, and landscape studies.

Type: Book
Title: Landscape in the Longue Durée
ISBN-13: 9781787350816
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787350816
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787350816
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Christopher Tilley, 2017 ‘Pebble’ from The Collected Poems 1956–1998 by Zbigniew Herbert. Translated and edited by Alissa Valles. © 2007 The Estate of Zbigniew Herbert. Translation © 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers LLC. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers and Atlantic Books Ltd. Images © Authors and copyright holders named in captions, 2017 This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Christopher Tilley, Landscape in the Longue Durée . London, UCL Press, 2017. https:// doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787350816
Keywords: Bronze Age, Landscape, Longue Durée, Archaeological excavation
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10022736
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