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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Berg Publishers (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859738974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859738979
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 805,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winner, William A. Douglass Book Prize in Europeanist Anthropology, 2005'This is an intriguing and original contribution to the study of ancient monuments and places. It relies on a sophisticated blend of social theory and fieldwork and will surely influence the ways in which landscape archaeology develops in the future.'Richard Bradley, University of Reading'In this continuation of Tilley's project into phenomenology and landscape we encounter its most exciting and productive area of research; the engagement with materiality. The success of this approach can only be measured by the richness of interpretation offered for some of the most enigmatic areas of archaeological material culture, namely menhirs and rock art. Very rarely does a book provide the inspiration to go out and undertake immediate fieldwork, well this has precisely such an effect and is surely going to inspire a further generation of archaeologists and those concerned with material culture of the past to do ex

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Christopher Tilley Professor of Anthropology,University College London


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I have struggled through this book, but only with the tedious descriptions of the menhirs in France. I do not know why he had to ramble on so much about where they were etc.

The most interesting aspects of this book are the chapters about human physical being in the world and how we coordinate that bench mark around all other objects, aspects and creations of our own.

The philosophical chapters in this book are interesting and rewarding. This book could have been a lot smaller and all the more interesting and diverse for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great study, but no substitute for first hand experience 31 Jan. 2010
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People will criticize the three main parts of the book (on menhirs, temples and rock carvings), and rightly so. But Tilley realizes this quite clearly, and toward the end of the book admits that this book, as all academic work falls short as a substitute for first hand experience with places and landscapes. I think he could have improved the three case studies, especially the one on menhirs, by having colour photographs and photographs of the same feature from multiple perspectives, but the criticism would hold regardless.

What the reader will get out of this book is an original and important approach in considering how one experiences both cultural and natural features, which is an ubiquitously applicable approach that goes beyond the criticism that writing may not be the most suitable medium to relay the phenomenological experience of being in the landscape.
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