Authors: Mary J. Thornbush, Sylvia E. Thornbush

Photographs Across Time: Studies in Urban Landscapes

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Library License: US $196
ISBN: 978-1-68108-004-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-984-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2015
DOI: 10.2174/97816080598431150101


Photographs Across Time: Studies in Urban Landscapes presents a record of urban environments in Britain, including Oxford, York, Scarborough, Dunbar, Edinburgh, and Inverness. It is a unique demonstration of how digital photography bridges urban landscape studies with archaeology and heritage studies. The book revisits several landscape and weathering studies in churchyards throughout England and Scotland in the UK. The book explains cross temporal and archival applications of digital photography and explores the archaeological use of photographs. Readers can also learn about issues related to creating and maintaining digital records as well as issues relevant to heritage sustainability. Researchers, landscape experts and professional photographers as well archivists will find Photographs Across Time as a handy reference for quantitative geomorphological studies on English heritage sites and the qualitative realm of historical archaeology.


This eBook aims to apply a photogeomorphological approach to landscape studies for central Oxford and urban churchyards in England and Scotland. It embraces an integrated multidisciplinary approach in complementary fields within applied geomorphology (photogeomorphology and landscape studies) and historical archaeology in urban settings. Its scope comprises the use of digital photographs to capture and convey cross-temporally landscape change in urban areas in the UK. A variety of topics are introduced initially and developed on a chapter-by-chapter basis by the authors. Part I is written by the first-listed author from an applied geomorphology perspective, and Part II is written by the second-listed author as a historical archaeologist. The former author has been working on Oxford studies since 2002 (and published since 2004) and the latter author began an examination of urban British churchyards predominantly towards the East Coast since 2007. Each author brings a different disciplinary perspective to this eBook; it is hoped that this will benefit an integrated presentation of physical and cultural landscapes that encompasses traditional geomorphology, as well as more applied geomorphology that encompasses ‘archaeogeomorphology’ within an environmental geomorphology framework, with inputs from historical archaeology and landscape studies.


The authors confirm that this chapter contents have no conflict of interest.

Mary J. Thornbush School of Geography
Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham


Sylvia E. Thornbush
School of History
Classics and Archaeology
University of Edinburgh


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