“Scaping the Land”. Archaeological approaches to understanding landscapes

Modul M421 / M02
CP: 3

Lehrende: Jana Skundric-Rummel, MA

Zeit und Ort: Blockseminar,
Seminar room Classical Archaeology
07.06. (13.00 – 17.00)
08.06. (13:00 – 17:00)
09.06. (10:00 – 14:00)

A landscape is a diverse and broad phenomenon, with varying shapes and meanings for past and modern societies. The natural environment can influence human behavior or steer building activities. This course will introduce distinctive archaeological landscapes of the past and research practices archaeologists use to “read” and interpret the meaning of landscapes. We will look at how availability of resources, topography and environment influenced the building activities in particular ancient landscapes and how past societies adopted, modified and exploited their surroundings. Elements such as communication routes, visibility, territorial markers or cultural memory are some of the elements to be discussed. We will also look at the interplay between physical landscape and social behavior as well as a variety of different functions landscapes could have performed, such as: ritual landscape, monumental landscape, landscape of power or industrial landscape.