Narrating landscape: The potential of oral history for landscape archaeology
University of Exeter (David Harvey)
The potential of an oral history approach to the study of landscape archaeology is considered. The paper presents the findings from an 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.
Reproduced with permission of the publisher. © 2004 James & James(Science Publishers) Ltd.
Public Archaeology, 2005, 4 (1), pp. 15-26