Phenomenological Approaches in Landscape Archaeology

Annual Review of Anthropology

Vol. 41:269-284 (Volume publication date October 2012)
First published online as a Review in Advance on June 29, 2012


This review explores why phenomenology has been such a popular theme in landscape archaeology in the last two decades—and why it has also provoked anger and controversy. The article concentrates less on the philosophical essence of phenomenological traditions than on their practical applications and context, particularly within British landscape archaeology. Criticisms of phenomenological approaches are reviewed and suggestions for future research made. The review concludes that research into landscape and human subjectivity will continue to be a strong research theme, whether or not such work explicitly derives its theoretical approach from phenomenology.


*This article is part of a special theme on Materiality. For a list of other articles in this theme, see this volume's Table of Contents.