ABSTRACT

The second dimension of archaeology is space. Spaces are not blank canvases; they are places used by people. Today, we are used to a fragmented patchwork of specialist spaces. We live (sleep, eat, look after our families) in a house. We travel to a separate location to work. Our travel may take us in a hermetically sealed box (car, bus or train) or we may walk or cycle and so make use of spaces as travelling corridors. We may worship our gods in other, separate locations. We will bury our dead in further separate locations. Our social life is also carried out in separate spaces, often at some distance from where we live. We will even deliberately go to a different space removed from any of these to escape our normal life for a time; that is, we go on holiday. In other words, we carry out all the activities of our life in separate spaces in separate locations. This is not necessarily how people in the past lived. Most people in the past lived in spatially separate communities where life, work and worship need not be separate activities.