Geographia Polonica (2023) vol. 96, iss. 4

Changes in the physiognomy of the archaeological landscape - learning from the past to build the future (with prehistorical burial sites in Poland as an example)

Anna Żemła-Siesicka

Geographia Polonica (2023) vol. 96, iss. 4, pp. 431-457 | Full text

The aims of this research were to identify the key processes that have occurred in the past that have caused changes in the physiognomy of archaeological landscape and to indicate possible future processes, along with their landscape implications. The study was based on cartographic and literature studies, and field visits. It covered an analysis of the land cover, the history of archaeological research, the establishment of forms of legal protection and tourist infrastructure development. The past changes are visualised for each site in theform of a block graph. Possible future scenarios with landscape implications are presented on a tree diagram.

Keywords: archaeological landscape, life-history of the archaeological landscape, landscape physiognomy, processes of landscape change, landscape scenarios

Anna Żemła-Siesicka [], Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Silesia Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec: Poland