Experiencing Climate: Finding Weather in Eighteenth Century Cumbria

Toby Pillatt*

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This article examines whether Tim Ingold's concept of the 'weather-world' can be applied within discussions of climate in archaeology. Using a case study of eighteenth century Cumbria, the article first looks at the issues arising when environmental models are used to investigate landscape change. It then assesses the insights on landscape, weather and farming that can be gained from two historical diaries. It is recognised that advances in complex ecosystem and agent-based modelling have improved 'climate change archaeology', but that there are aspects of people's relationships with the weather and climate that are ill-suited to quantification. The article concludes by arguing that people's qualitative engagements with the weather are integral to how past people viewed and used the landscape.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-581
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • Climate
  • Early modern
  • Landscape
  • Weather-world

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