Landscapes of Clearance: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-31
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This volume examines landscapes that have been cleared of inhabitants-for economic, environmental, or socio-political reasons, by choice or by force-- and the social impacts of clearance on their populations. Using cases from five continents, and ranging from prehistoric, through colonial and post-colonial times, the contributors show landscapes as meaningful points of contestation when populations abandon them or are exiled from them. Acts of resistance and revitalization are also explored, demonstrating the social and political meaning of specific landscapes to individuals, groups, and nations, and how they help shape cultural identity and ideology.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 11
Landscapes of Clearance: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectivesp. 13
Abandoned, Avoided, Expelled: The Creation of "Empty" Landscapesp. 25
Colonial Tools of Clearancep. 47
Written Off the Map: Cleared Landscapes of Medieval Irelandp. 49
The Past Is Another Country: Archaeology in the Limpopo Province, South Africap. 71
Driekopseiland Rock Engraving Site, South Africa: A Precolonial Landscape Lost and Re-memberedp. 87
Constructing the Wilderness and Clearing the Landscape: A Legacy of Colonialism in Northern British Columbiap. 112
Resistance and Revitalizationp. 125
Ethnoarchaeological Study of Clearance in Palestinep. 127
The Domestication of Landscape through Naming and Symbolic Protection among the Batswapong Peoples of Eastern Botswana: Fullness and Emptiness of Landscapes in the Eyes of the Beholderp. 139
Enclosing the Spiritp. 154
New Places for Old: The Reinhabitation of Cleared Landscapes in Northern Scotlandp. 164
The Devonshires Held This Trench, They Hold It Still: Cultural Landscapes of Sacrifice and the Problem of the Sacred Ground of the Great War 1914-1918p. 180
Archaeological Taxonomy, Native Americans, and Scientific Landscapes of Clearance: A Case Study from Northeastern Iowap. 190
Indexp. 213
About the Authorsp. 219
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