Biographical approach for evaluating archaeological landscapes. A case-study from Estonia

Author(s): Martti Veldi

Year: 2017


Since the 1990s, landscape biography as a research method has diversified. The biographical approach expects a thorough study of a certain region in various fields of landscape research, which span far beyond just geography or archaeology.

In contemporary approaches to landscape, the limits of the concept of landscape biography are being explored, but also tested. What exactly is a landscape biography? What does it constitute? Is landscape biography just a narration of a specific defined place on the face of the Earth in a defined period of time or does it have a practical output? Is it possible to tell the future by narrating the past?

In addition to the traditional landscape narrative, the scope of the current research concentrates on historic land use around archaeological sites and aims to create a system for assessing the archaeological heritage value of certain micro-regions. The aim of the research is to elaborate practical methodology for detecting the most essential elements of archaeological heritage landscape to create an effective concept for landscape preservation through sustainable development. The paper is illustrated by a case-study from Estonia.

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Biographical approach for evaluating archaeological landscapes. A case-study from Estonia. Martti Veldi. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431633)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16752