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Cultural Landscape

  • By: Daniel McGowin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The cultural landscape is a concept associated with human modification of Earth's surface. Cultural landscape studies have been a prominent component of cultural geography over the past century. Despite a long-standing interest in the topic, geographers over time have debated the concept and associated theories and methodologies used to understand cultural landscapes. The term cultural landscape is associated with the depiction of the Earth's surface in visual art, material artifacts such as buildings, and the area of territory itself. Furthermore, it is a term that is not exclusive to geography, as sociologists, anthropologists, and historians have used cultural landscape as well.

Early Development of Cultural Landscapes

The term landscape developed primarily from two words that display similarities and differences with one another. The Old English word landscaef ...

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