Environment and History of William Stephens Land
Contextualism, with its emphasis on abstract meanings and systems of meaning, can be misconstrued as a rejection of the material world (e.g., Mrozowski, 1993:106–107). Hodder (1982, 1991), however, has shown that the physical environment is an integral part of meaning. It provides physical and physiological constraints on all living matter, and it provides a material source for the construction of meaning. The environment is an infinitely complex phenomenon, resistant to exhaustive description by the most rigorous and meticulous procedures. It is an artifact of perception. As artifacts of perception, the environments of Compton and Patuxent Point should be described from the perspectives of their occupants.
KeywordsSeventeenth Century Eastern Shore Archival Research Navigable Water Navigable Waterway
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