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Connecting landscapes with built environments: visibility analysis, scale and the senses

Connecting landscapes with built environments: visibility analysis, scale and the senses
Connecting landscapes with built environments: visibility analysis, scale and the senses
This paper reviews some of the main theoretical critiques of spatial technological approaches to the past, particularly of visibility analysis. It considers the extent to which methodologies for both the built environment and for wider landscapes might either reject or respond to these issues considering in particular (a) the claim that such work is based on a culturally-specific concept of space (the map) that is unlikely to have been shared by other cultures in the past and (b) the accusation that analysis of visual structure perpetuates a western bias towards vision over the other senses and "privileges" the visual over other aspects of perception and bodily engagement. The paper concludes that, although much of this critique can be contested or moderated in various ways, we should accept that vision is not easily separable from other senses. To respond to this challenge, it is suggested that we should seek a framework to understand the link between space and all the senses while at the same time seeking to bring together the traditions of spatial analysis for landscape archaeology and the built environment. One possible way forward maybe to combine the sensory/spatial framework used by proxemics for smaller scales with that defined by Higuchi for landscapes because they share some useful concepts. It is hoped that responding positively in this way to postprocessual critique may ultimately enrich formal methods of understanding ancient urban environments and landscapes.
viewshed, gis, visibility graph analysis, senses
9783110266436
2191-5806
18
115-134
De Gruyter
Wheatley, David
58266ad0-4ea1-4b1b-a8c3-9fd902931828
Paliou, Eleftheria
Lieberwirth, Undine
Polla, Silvia
Wheatley, David
58266ad0-4ea1-4b1b-a8c3-9fd902931828
Paliou, Eleftheria
Lieberwirth, Undine
Polla, Silvia

Wheatley, David (2014) Connecting landscapes with built environments: visibility analysis, scale and the senses. In, Paliou, Eleftheria, Lieberwirth, Undine and Polla, Silvia (eds.) Spatial Analysis and Social Spaces: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Interpretation of Historic and Prehistoric Built Environments. (TOPOI Berlin Studies of the Ancient World, 18) Spatial analysis in past built environments (01/01/14) Berlin, DE. De Gruyter, pp. 115-134. (doi:10.1515/9783110266436).

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This paper reviews some of the main theoretical critiques of spatial technological approaches to the past, particularly of visibility analysis. It considers the extent to which methodologies for both the built environment and for wider landscapes might either reject or respond to these issues considering in particular (a) the claim that such work is based on a culturally-specific concept of space (the map) that is unlikely to have been shared by other cultures in the past and (b) the accusation that analysis of visual structure perpetuates a western bias towards vision over the other senses and "privileges" the visual over other aspects of perception and bodily engagement. The paper concludes that, although much of this critique can be contested or moderated in various ways, we should accept that vision is not easily separable from other senses. To respond to this challenge, it is suggested that we should seek a framework to understand the link between space and all the senses while at the same time seeking to bring together the traditions of spatial analysis for landscape archaeology and the built environment. One possible way forward maybe to combine the sensory/spatial framework used by proxemics for smaller scales with that defined by Higuchi for landscapes because they share some useful concepts. It is hoped that responding positively in this way to postprocessual critique may ultimately enrich formal methods of understanding ancient urban environments and landscapes.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2012
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 April 2014
Published date: 1 April 2014
Additional Information: to be published August 2012
Venue - Dates: Spatial analysis in past built environments, Berlin, Germany, 2014-01-01
Keywords: viewshed, gis, visibility graph analysis, senses
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 209977
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/209977
ISBN: 9783110266436
ISSN: 2191-5806
PURE UUID: 7210cd3e-6611-4233-9e25-a20d5e82df37
ORCID for David Wheatley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7265-704X

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Date deposited: 06 Feb 2012 11:51
Last modified: 25 Oct 2023 01:35

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Author: David Wheatley ORCID iD
Editor: Eleftheria Paliou
Editor: Undine Lieberwirth
Editor: Silvia Polla

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