This book takes a new approach to writing about the past. Instead of studying the prehistory of Britain from Mesolithic to Iron Age times in terms of periods or artifact classifications, Tilley examines it through the lens of their geology and landscapes, asserting the fundamental significance of the bones of the land in the process of human occupation over the long durée. Granite uplands, rolling chalk downlands, sandstone moorlands, and pebbled hilltops each create their own potentialities and symbolic resources for human settlement and require forms of social engagement.  Taking his findings from years of phenomenological fieldwork experiencing different landscapes with all senses and from many angles, Tilley creates a saturated and historically imaginative account of the landscapes of southern England and the people who inhabited them. This work is also a key theoretical statement about the importance of landscapes for human settlement.

part |2 pages

Part I: Interpreting Landscapes

chapter 1|16 pages

Outline of a Phenomenological Perspective

chapter 2|18 pages

The Neolithic Sensory Revolution

part |4 pages

Part II: Chalk Country

chapter 3|36 pages

Stonehenge’s Architecture and Landscape

chapter 5|60 pages

The Beach in the Sky

part |6 pages

Part III: From Pebbles to Sandstone and Slate

chapter 7|56 pages

Stalking with Stones on Exmoor

part |4 pages

Part IV: Granite

chapter 8|74 pages

Landscapes and Power on Bodmin Moor

chapter 9|32 pages

Supernatural Places in West Penwith

chapter 10|32 pages