By Christopher Tilley
This ebook is a longer photographic essay approximately topographic good points of the panorama. It integrates philosophical ways to panorama belief with anthropological experiences of the importance of the panorama in small-scale societies. this attitude is used to check 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 realization on panorama positive aspects comparable to rock outcrops, river valleys, mountain spurs of their instant atmosphere. those monuments performed an energetic position in socializing the panorama and developing which means in it.
A Phenomenology of panorama is uncommon in that it hyperlinks sorts of publishing that have remained certain in archaeology: books with atmospheric pictures of monuments with at least textual content and no interpretation; and the tutorial textual content within which phrases supply an alternative to visible imagery. Attractively illustrated with many images and diagrams, it's going to attract a person attracted to prehistoric monuments and panorama in addition to scholars and experts in archaeology, anthropology and human geography.
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The relationship of individuals and groups to locales and landscape also has important perspectival effects. The experience of these places is unlikely to be equally shared and experienced by all, and the understanding and use of them can be controlled and exploited in systems of domination - a consideration strikingly absent in virtually all phenomenological theory and one that constitutes a major theoretical void. In small-scale societies the major axes of spatial domination are usually organized along the axes of age, gender, kin, and lineage.
The dreamtime tracks, as elsewhere, tend to follow the watercourses, and the greatest density of mythological activities is generally associated with major camp sites. The landscape is thus represented in myth and represents the myth. It is a mnemonic for past generations and a means of establishing continuity with the past. Time becomes collapsed into space, in that the time it took ancestral beings to take their journeys is never a part of the myth. Time becomes a sequence of named places without the 'befores' and 'afters'.
In the process populations emotionally bound themselves to the land and the design inherent in its ordering. Each group of Aborigines originally moved around a particular area of territory in a traditional pattern, exploiting the fauna and flora of their environments. A striking feature of Aboriginal life that cannot be over-emphasized is the intense personal bond between groups and their home territories. Attachment to and knowledge of a particular stretch of land was a fundamental part of existence.
A Phenomenology of Landscape: Places, Paths and Monuments by Christopher Tilley