Shadow Sites: Photography, Archaeology, and the British Landscape 1927-1955 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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Shadow Sites: Photography, Archaeology, and the British Landscape 1927-1955 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 29/03/2007
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At certain times of the day - at sunrise, and sunset - the outlines of prehistoric fields, barrows and hill-forts in the British landscape may be thrown into relief. Such 'shadow sites', best seen from above, and captured by an airborne camera, are both examples of, and metaphors for, a particular way of seeing the landscape. At a time of rapid modernisation and urbanisation in mid-twentieth-century Britain, an archaeological vision of the British landscape reassured and enchanted a number of writers, artists, photographers, and film-makers. From John Piper, Eric Ravilious and Shell guide books, to photographs of bomb damage, aerial archaeology, and The Wizard of Oz, Kitty Hauser delves into evocative interpretations of the landscape and looks at the affinities between photography as a medium to capture traces of the past as well as their absence.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199206322
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 240 x 165 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
She brings a new and highly revealing eye to the neo-romantic landscape * Patrick Wright, Twentieth Century British History *
Kitty Hauser's significant new book...offers a valuable account of the development of aerial archaeology from its origins to the 1950s * Sam Smiles Oxford Art Journal *
This book speaks eloquently, with intricate sophistication but not a trace of obscurity, to a multi-disciplinary audience. It is, besides an exquisite product - lavishly and pertinently illustrated, almost immaculately copy-edited and proofed (still an OUP speciality), and gorgeously written * Peter Mandler, English Historical Review *
...brilliantly suggestive of how historical consciousness in modern Britain can be inspirational and creative, and need not be anti-modern. * Neil Cossens, History Today Books of the Year *
Hauser offers lively, detailed descriptions and analyses, as well as colourful and relevant historical accounts. * Pamela Jane Smith, Antiquity *

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