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The Materiality of Stone: Explorations in Landscape Phenomenology by Christopher Tilley
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This book is an extended photographic essay about topographic features of the landscape. It integrates philosophical approaches to landscape perception with anthropological studies of the significance of the landscape in small-scale societies. This perspective is used to examine the relationship between prehistoric sites and their topographic settings. The author argues that the architecture of Neolithic stone tombs acts as a kind of camera lens focussing attention on landscape features such as rock outcrops, river valleys, mountain spurs in their immediate surroundings.
These monuments played an active role in socializing the landscape and creating meaning in it. A Phenomenology of Landscape is unusual in that it links two types of publishing which have remained distinct in archaeology: books with atmospheric photographs of monuments with a minimum of text and no interpretation; and the academic text in which words provide a substitute for visual imagery. Attractively illustrated with many photographs and diagrams, it will appeal to anyone interested in prehistoric monuments and landscape as well as students and specialists in archaeology, anthropology and human geography.
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ISBN The Materiality of Stone is the third in a series of books by Tilley which deal with landscape, phenomenology and experience. Volume one, A phenomenology of landscape , was arguably one of the most important books of the s, and inspired a whole generation of archaeologists to undertake landscape studies. The second volume, Metaphor and material culture , was perhaps not quite as successful as Phenomenology , but still contained some interesting case studies.
How, then, does this third instalment fare? The book contains only five chapters, a theoretical introduction, a short theoretical conclusion, and three long and detailed case study chapters. For me, the theoretical introduction did not say anything I had not heard before. This chapter is essentially a whistle-stop tour of various theoretical approaches such as phenomenology, experience, considerations of place and how people engage with the world.
For students wishing to read about these subjects, I personally would advise them to read some of Tilley's earlier, more detailed and in my opinion, superior, discussions of these subjects. And while we are on the subject of theory, the book is also curiously structural in its approach to the archaeological record, and this is echoed in the introductory chapter, where Tilley stresses a series of oppositions in how the body engages with the world.
I wondered if Tilley could have used a more nuanced and subtle approach rather than falling back on binary oppositions. That said, the introduction does exactly what it says on the tin: it reminds readers of where Tilley is coming from when he goes out in the field and engages with places. It certainly is a good quick summary of his previous work. Chapter two is a detailed consideration of the Breton menhirs, and was for me the least satisfying of the three case study chapters.
Tilley discusses in detail the settings, groupings and properties of these standing stones. There is a lot of nice description of the stones themselves, and Tilley proficiently evokes the individual character of the menhirs. Oscar Aldred. But it seems that she is interested in ideas rather than places something demonstrated, incidentally, by the consistent — almost wilful — misspelling of certain place-names and their occasional misplacement.
As she says on pages 14—15, she intends to use contemporary writing about the perception of the landscape to advance her argument. She does not explicitly refuse to use the evidence of the landscape itself as an archaeologist, geographer or anthropologist might , but that is evidently what she does. As to the book itself, it is good to ind an Oxford book ofered at a reasonable price and it has, quite rightly, gone straight into paperback. I admit to being annoyed, however, that whilst there is good justiication for the use of footnotes, they are supported by a bibliography only of primary sources.
And I would anyway ind it interesting to see the scope of secondary reference used in a consolidated bibliography of secondary sources. To some readers, this review may sound a bit carping, but it should not be taken as such.go
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But it is not a study of the Reformation landscape itself; rather it is a study of writing about the landscape, which is a somewhat diferent thing. Wessex chapters 3, 4, 5 , as well as studies based in Cornwall chapters 8, 9. But in doing this, Tilley paradoxically positions the landscape as an anachronistic entity by studying only its prehistory.
So on top of a temporal paradox, there is another dual process that both acculturates and naturalises the landscape, thus producing a rareied version of what it actually is. A common narrative approach in each case study chapter is to start with disentangling the prehistoric landscape from other periods. Hamilton et al. Once the prehistoric landscape is isolated, the land itself provides the basis for a phenomenological and interpretative approach.