Human Activity in a Spatial Context

Gary Lock

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199271016
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Human Activity in a Spatial Context

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This article examines the archaeological analysis of human activity in a spatial context. It contends that attempts to categorize space and time are at the core of archaeology as a developing, coherent discipline over the last century-and-a-half or so, and it is essential to include a certain historical perspective when considering spatial archaeology. It shows that spatial archaeology is not a single approach, a single methodology, or an integrated sub-discipline of archaeology, but is something much more fundamental.

Keywords: human activity; spatial context; space and time; archaeology; archaeological methodology

Article.  8024 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; History and Theory of Archaeology

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