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The word ´landscape´ is in. It obviously sounds sexy!

“Nowadays the word ´landscape´ is in. It obviously sounds sexy to archaeologists in 2010. Starting some years ago, there were a growing number of archaeological publications proudly bearing ´landscape´ in their titles. Simultaneously the word ´environment´ is losing its prominent position on the front page of archaeological books and papers. Does this reflect a new type of research, a new topic in archaeology – or it is just one of the fashionable sound bites of the new millennium? In my eyes there are some indications of this last suggestion; the word ´landscape´ today at least partly acting as an envelope for anything.” (Meier 2012, 504)