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Journal Article

The Temporality of the Landscape

Tim Ingold
World Archaeology
Vol. 25, No. 2, Conceptions of Time and Ancient Society (Oct., 1993), pp. 152-174
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/124811
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

Landscape and temporality are the major unifying themes of archaeology and social-cultural anthropology. This paper attempts to show how the temporality of the landscape may be understood by way of a 'dwelling perspective' that sets out from the premise of people's active, perceptual engagement in the world. The meaning of 'landscape' is clarified by contrast to the concepts of land, nature and space. The notion of 'taskscape' is introduced to denote a pattern of dwelling activities, and the intrinsic temporality of the taskscape is shown to lie in its rhythmic interrelations or patterns of resonance. By considering how taskscape relates to landscape, the distinction between them is ultimately dissolved, and the landscape itself is shown to be fundamentally temporal. Some concrete illustrations of these arguments are drawn from a painting by Bruegel, The Harvesters.

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