Investigating the archaeology and memory of the Lowther Valley and its links with the Lowther family

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/554291
Title:
Investigating the archaeology and memory of the Lowther Valley and its links with the Lowther family
Authors:
Wills-Eve, Benedict
Abstract:
This dissertation studies the complex interactions between memory, landscape and time, focussing on the archaeology and memory of the Lowther valley, an area on the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park (LDNP). At the centre of this landscape sits the 'ruin' of Lowther Castle, once the seat of the highly wealthy and influential Lowther family. This paper focuses on the ways in which the Lowther family influenced the landscape and time in the creation of their memories and in the establishment of Lowther Castle as a hub for memory, in the context of past and present perceptions of time and memory in the surrounding landscape of Lowther valley. By combining practical and theoretical approaches this study explores how and why the landscape exists as it does through the presence and absence of memory in time. It concludes with the suggestion that understanding the landscape in terms of memory gives archaeologists a richer array of possible interpretations, whilst it is also argued that the portrayal of a changed and changing landscape through memories rather than chronology is beneficial to all parties: academia, the public and the landscape itself.
Advisors:
Maldonado, Adrian
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/554291
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorMaldonado, Adrianen
dc.contributor.authorWills-Eve, Benedicten
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-20T09:52:10Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-20T09:52:10Zen
dc.date.issued2014en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/554291en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation studies the complex interactions between memory, landscape and time, focussing on the archaeology and memory of the Lowther valley, an area on the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park (LDNP). At the centre of this landscape sits the 'ruin' of Lowther Castle, once the seat of the highly wealthy and influential Lowther family. This paper focuses on the ways in which the Lowther family influenced the landscape and time in the creation of their memories and in the establishment of Lowther Castle as a hub for memory, in the context of past and present perceptions of time and memory in the surrounding landscape of Lowther valley. By combining practical and theoretical approaches this study explores how and why the landscape exists as it does through the presence and absence of memory in time. It concludes with the suggestion that understanding the landscape in terms of memory gives archaeologists a richer array of possible interpretations, whilst it is also argued that the portrayal of a changed and changing landscape through memories rather than chronology is beneficial to all parties: academia, the public and the landscape itself.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectarchaeologyen
dc.subjectLowther familyen
dc.subjectlowther castleen
dc.titleInvestigating the archaeology and memory of the Lowther Valley and its links with the Lowther familyen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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