Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Landscape Archaeology

  • César Parcero-Oubiña
  • Felipe Criado-Boado
  • David Barreiro
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_264


An ever-present characteristic in any definition of landscape archaeology is that it refers to a varied and somewhat heterogeneous field of archaeological research. A number of approaches to the archaeological record may be included under this label, which in essence share one common interest: the analysis, through material culture, of the spatial dimension of human activity; in other words, exploring how human communities have related to a geographic space through time in terms of how they appropriated this space and/or transformed its appearance through work and its significance through cultural practices.
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Authors and Affiliations

  • César Parcero-Oubiña
    • 1
  • Felipe Criado-Boado
    • 1
  • David Barreiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)Santiago de CompostelaSpain