Narrating landscape: the potential of oral history for landscape and archaeology

M. Riley, D. Harvey, Tony Brown, S. Mills

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    Abstract

    The potential of an oral history approach to the study of landscape archaeology is considered. The paper presents the findings from an Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) funded project ‘Landscape archaeology and the community in Devon: an oral history approach’, which aims to transgress some of the epistemological boundaries of archaeology by drawing on the discursive genre of oral history in order to augment, challenge and destabilize existing landscape narratives. We suggest that oral histories can offer both consensual as well as alternative narratives of landscape and have the ability to engage the public, not just in terms of the popular consumption of archaeological knowledge, but also in the actual construction of archaeological knowledge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-26
    Number of pages12
    JournalPublic Archaeology
    Volume4
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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