Europe’s Early Fieldscapes: Archaeologies of Prehistoric Land Allotment


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Europe’s Early Fieldscapes: Archaeologies of Prehistoric Land Allotment Editors: Stijn Arnoldussen, Robert Johnston, Mette Lovschal Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Springer Nature Switzerland AG Pages: 265 Illustrations and other contents: X, 265 p. Language: English ISBN: 9783030716516 Categories: ,

This volume focuses on the development of field systems through time and space and in their wider landscape context, including classical issues pertaining to past land use and management regimes, including manuring, water, land and crop management, and technologies such as slash-and-burn cultivation, and use of the ard and plough. This book provides the first comprehensive attempt to bring together and provide a comprehensive insight into the latest prehistoric fieldscape research across Europe. The book raises a broader awareness of some of the main questions and scientific requests that are addressed by scholars working in various fieldscapes across Europe. Themes addressed in this book include (a) mapping and understanding field system morphologies at various scales, (b) the extraction of information on social processes from field system morphologies, (c) the relations between field systems and cultural and natural features of their environment, (d) time-depths and temporalities of usage, and (e) specifics of the underlying agricultural systems, with special attention to matters of continuity and resilience and relation to changing practices. The case-studies explore how to best approach such landscapes with traditional and novel methodologies and targeted research in order to enhance our knowledge further. The volume offers inspiration and guidance for the heritage management of fieldscape heritage – not solely for future scholarly research but foremost to stimulate strategic guidance to frame and support improved protection of evidently vulnerable resources for Europe’s future. This volume is of interest to landscape archaeologists.

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Author Biography

Stijn Arnoldussen is an Associate Professor in Later Prehistory at Groningen University. He is fascinated by the long-term development of (agri)cultural landscapes - particularly fieldsystems and the interplay of settlements, funerary sites and deposition between the Neolithic and the Roman Iron Age. He has recently excavated various later prehistoric field systems (known as Celtic fields or raatakkers in Dutch) in the Netherlands. Robert Johnston is a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. He recently published 'Bronze Age Worlds' (2021), in which he considers the ways that kin relations were fundamental in forming the social life and landscapes of Bronze Age Britain and Ireland. He is currently researching landscape transformations in the upland and coastal landscapes of western Britain. Mette Lovschal is an Associate Professor at Aarhus University's Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies and Moesgaard Museum. She is the Principal Investigator on the ERC project 'Anthropogenic Heathlands: The Social Organization of Super-Resilient Past Human Ecosystems' (ANTHEA) 2020-2025'. Her research engages with a range of archaeological, social anthropological and philosophical debates pertaining to spatial ontology and deep time trajectories, land tenure changes, disturbance ecologies, spatial perception, and the becoming of biosocial entanglements.