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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 46. What is Landscape Archaeology?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27895


Since almost any given region or landscape was inhabited by humans in the past, these landscapes therefore carry within them profound cultural variability, functions, and even memories. By shifting the focus from the site to the cultural landscape and by looking at features from a wider perspective, the archaeologist can arrive at significant conclusions as to how the landscape was changed, was influenced by people in the past, and up to the present day. A good programme of landscape archaeology lies in the ability of the chief investigator for thinking outside the box, in attempting new methods, and in looking at the case study in hand from as many inter-disciplinary angles as possible.

Chapter Contributors

  • Rafael Lewis ( - rafilewis) 'University of Haifa'