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    Moving subjects, situated memory: thinking and seeing medieval travel on the Silk Road

    Franklin, Kathryn (2020) Moving subjects, situated memory: thinking and seeing medieval travel on the Silk Road. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 24 , pp. 852-876. ISSN 1092-7697.

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    This article explores the power of vision and visibility in landscape archaeology, and specifically in digital mapping of movement in landscapes. Using a brief experiment in GIS, I will explore the relationship between showing and knowing in archaeology, and the relationship between seeing and understanding in medieval and modern ideas about landscape. In particular, I explore the commonality across the apparent medieval-modern divide in seeing, understanding, and especially remembering landscape in embodied ways. The experiment plays with recreating the travel ‘mnemonic-scape’ along a section of medieval (AD thirteenth-fifteenth centuries) mountain highway, along a branch of what is now called “the Silk Road” located in the center of the modern Republic of Armenia. Ultimately, the case study makes an argument for GIS mapping as one among multiple tools used to think playfully about historical experiences of space and movement, and about the critical link between vision, commemoration, and memory in the construction of social landscapes.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): GIS, Movement, Memory, Medieval, Silk road, Armenia
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Kate Franklin
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 14:27
    Last Modified: 01 Jul 2024 01:23


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