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Landscape, Public Archaeology, and Memory

Author(s): Linda M. Ziegenbein

Year: 2016

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     People engage with place and space in profound and commonplace ways, deriving and creating meaning from the environment around them.  People and spaces are co-created: while people imbue the landscape with meaning, those same meanings come to shape the people themselves.  Basso (1996) refers this process as a sensing of place.   

     Archaeologists and other anthropologists have long recognized the central role the landscape plays in the processes of memory creation and retention as well as communal forgetting.  This paper explores the way in which knowledge about the past affects one’s experience of the landscape.  Drawing on ethnographic interviews and questionnaire responses, it considers how memory influences one’s sense of place and the role engagement with the public can play in remembering and forgetting. 

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Landscape, Public Archaeology, and Memory. Linda M. Ziegenbein. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434938)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America