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3.2 Time

Sounds are transitory. As such, they enable us to experience time and create temporality. Time in the humanistic sense is lived time, an experiential narrative and a quality of human engagement with the world (Gosden 1994, 1-12). There is no universal, abstract time, external to our experience. Time arises from the flow of life; it is created through rhythms of bodily involvement with the world. In this perspective, space and time are not separate entities, but come together in each individual's life-story or life-path.

Like space, questions of time and temporality in GIS have been characterised by a Cartesian viewpoint (Gillings and Goodrick 1996, 12.1). Most GIS systems are inherently static; time can be represented as a series of discrete snapshot moments. Time, in this perspective is abstract, external to modelled change and detached from the representation of space.

I believe that the representation of a humanistic concept of time within archaeological GIS is still an open question. If we aim to model experiential, humanistic time we should first have a subject experiencing it.

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