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Marking the Land : Hunter-Gatherer Creation of Meaning in Their Environment (Hardcover)

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Marking the Land investigates how hunter-gatherers use physical landscape markers and environmental management to impose meaning on the spaces they occupy. The land is full of meaning for hunter-gatherers. Much of that meaning is inherent in natural phenomena, but some of it comes from modifications to the landscape that hunter-gatherers themselves make. Such alterations may be intentional or unintentional, temporary or permanent, and they can carry multiple layers of meaning, ranging from practical signs that provide guidance and information through to less direct indications of identity or abstract, highly symbolic signs of sacred or ceremonial significance. This volume investigates the conditions which determine the investment of time and effort in physical landscape marking by hunter-gatherers, and the factors which determine the extent to which these modifications are symbolically charged. Considering hunter-gatherer groups of varying sociocultural complexity and scale,Marking the Land provides a systematic consideration of this neglected aspect of hunter-gatherer adaptation and the varied environments within which they live.

Number of Pages: 289
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Archaeology
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Archaeology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: March 16, 2016
TCIN: 50602261
UPC: 9781138950993
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-9959
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