The Materiality of Stone: Explorations in Landscape Phenomenology Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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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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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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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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