Experiencing Landscapes

A Study of Space & Identity in Three Marginal
Areas of Medieval Britain & Scandinavia

By Karen Altenberg
October 2003
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 91-22-01997-9
300 pages, Illustrated, 6 1/4" x 8 1/2"
$72.50 Paper Original

This book is a study of new ways of exploring the medieval landscapes of south-west Britain and Scania (Southern Sweden) building on recent developments in prehistoric archaeology and social theory. Its main focus is the idea of marginality, which approached through a series of innovative studies which focus on the ways in which the medieval landscape was perceived.

It compares the perceptions of outsiders with those of the local inhabitants and takes account of features of the natural topography as well as the remains of more ancient - usually prehistoric - settlements. The study makes effective use of documentary sources, field surveys, excavations, folklore and place names and it builds on some original fieldwork in each of the study areas.

This book does not reject existing approaches to landscape archaeology, which retain their central importance to the subject, but adds new and exciting layers of interpretation to what has been achieved in previous research. In this respect it breaks new ground in medieval archaeology.

Lund Studies in Medieval Archaeology, No. 31

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