On the particularism of English landscape archaeology

Johnson, Matthew (2005) On the particularism of English landscape archaeology. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 9, (2), 111-122. (doi:10.1007/s10761-005-8142-7).


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The aim of this paper is to explore the question: why is the archaeology of English historic landscapes apparently so provincial? Inevitably the response must be that matters are more complex.

In this paper, I examine the work of W. G. Hoskins, the “father of English landscape history,” and draw attention to: the complex way in which landscape is embedded in nationalism; the relations between locale, province, and nation; and the way wider tensions, in particular of colonialism are embedded within Hoskins's own discourse.

In conclusion, I examine ways in which this problematic continues to structure enquiry into the English landscape today and to inhibit a genuinely international and comparative approach to historic landscapes.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s10761-005-8142-7
ISSNs: 1092-7697 (print)
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Keywords: hoskins, landscape, england, particularism
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 40562
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2005Published
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:11
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40562

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