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70 figures, 7 tables (75 pages in colour)

Published Aug 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789692686

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Historic Landscapes and Mental Well-being

Edited by Timothy Darvill, Kerry Barrass, Laura Drysdale, Vanessa Heaslip, Yvette Staelens

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Using archaeological sites and historic landscapes to promote mental well-being represents one of the most significant advances in archaeological resource management for many years. Prompted by the Human Henge project (Stonehenge/Avebury World Heritage Site), this volume provides an overview of work going on across Britain and the near Continent.



Foreword – by Sara Lunt

Chapter 1 Introduction: Heritage and well-being – by Timothy Darvill, Kerry Barrass, Laura Drysdale, Vanessa Heaslip, and Yvette Staelens

Chapter 2 Mental well-being and historic landscapes: The heritage context – by Liz Ellis and Alice Kershaw

Chapter 3 Therapeutic landscapes past and present: The mental health context – by Toby Sutcliffe

Chapter 4 Inclusion and recovery: Archaeology and heritage for people with mental health problems and/or autism – by William Rathouse

Chapter 5 Walking with intent: Culture therapy in ancient landscapes – by Laura Drysdale

Chapter 6 Monuments for life: Building Human Henge at Stonehenge and Avebury – by Timothy Darvill

Chapter 7 ‘What did you do today mummy?’: Human Henge and mental well-being – by Yvette Staelens

Chapter 8 High value, short intervention historic landscape projects: Practical considerations for voluntary mental-health providers – by Daniel O’Donoghue

Chapter 9 Human Henge: The impact of Neolithic healing landscapes on mental health and well-being – by Vanessa Heaslip

Chapter 10 A place to heal: Past perceptions and new opportunities for using historic sites to change lives – by Martin Allfreyii 

Chapter 11 People making places making people – by Briony Clifton

Chapter 12 ‘The archaeological imagination’: New ways of seeing for mental health recovery – by Rebecca L Hearne

Chapter 13 Prehistoric landscapes as transitional space – by Claire Nolan

Chapter 14 Messing about on the river: Volunteering and well-being on the Thames foreshore – by Helen Johnston

Chapter 15 Between the Barrows: Seeking a spirit of place – by Christopher Howard Elmer

Chapter 16 The Roman Baths: A place of recovery – by Paul Murtagh

Chapter 17 ‘The People Before Us’ Project: Exploring heritage and well-being in a rapidly changing seaside town – by Lesley Hardy and Eleanor Williams 

Chapter 18 Landscapes of mental health: The archaeology of St Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve, Malvern, England – by Andrew Hoaen, Bob Ruffle, and Helen Loney

Chapter 19 Archaeology and mental health: War memorials survey in Ceredigion – by William Rathouse

Chapter 20 Waterloo Uncovered: From discoveries in conflict archaeology to military veteran collaboration and recovery on one of the world’s most famous battlefields – by Mark Evans, Stuart Eve, Vicki Haverkate-Emmerson, Tony Pollard, Eleonora Steinberg, and David Ulke

Chapter 21 Crafting, heritage and well-being: Lessons from two public engagement projects – by Zena Kamash
Afterword – by Alex Coulter

About the Author

Timothy Darvill is Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University and leads the research on the Human Henge project; Kerry Barrass is a researcher on the project; Laura Drysdale is the Director of the Restoration Trust and project manager of Human Henge; Vanessa Heaslip is a Principal Academic in the Department of Nursing and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University and leads the participant monitoring programme on Human Henge; and Yvette Staelens is a visiting research fellow at Bournemouth University and was the programme facilitator for Human Henge.