On the particularism of English landscape archaeology

Matthew H. Johnson*

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The aim of this paper is to explore the question: why is the archaeology of English historic landscapes apparently so provincial? Inevitably the response must be that matters are more complex. In this paper, I examine the work of W. G. Hoskins, the "father of English landscape history", and draw attention to: the complex way in which landscape is embedded in nationalism; the relations between locale, province, and nation; and the way wider tensions, in particular of colonialism are embedded within Hoskins's own discourse. In conclusion, I examine ways in which this problematic continues to structure enquiry into the English landscape today and to inhibit a genuinely international and comparative approach to historic landscapes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • England
  • Hoskins
  • Landscape
  • Particularism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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