Sacred Places, Sacred Spaces: Landscape Transformation and Inheritance, European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 2015 Meeting, Glasgow, September 2–5, 2015
Much recent archaeological research has been concerned with religious transformative processes and their legacy in the present-day landscape. The structure of the modern environment is often anchored in the networks and spaces that evolved in response to religious practices and economic and cultural support systems. Throughout Europe and beyond, the cultural inheritance of religious orders and groupings has structured and influenced much of the modern landscape. The artefacts of religion and beliefs are represented as still-functioning institutions, relict features and as more subtle influences on property boundaries and settlement formation, for example. Religious institutions, buildings and features have had a significant impact on the development of the wider landscape and have played a key role in the way people engage with their environment, creating a sense of place and helping to shape people’s cultural identity. This session invites papers on all aspects of the landscape legacy of sacred places and spaces across periods and disciplines.
Caron Newman, Newcastle University
Vicky Manolopoulou, Newcastle University
Yasemin Özarslan, Koç University