Maps as situated and situating knowledge

Oscar Aldred


As David Turnbull suggests, ‘knowledge is not simply local, it is located. It is both situated and situating. It has place and creates a space.’  Thus, maps in this sense are assemblages that are made up of ‘linked sites, people, and activities’ in which the creation of a map is not only a representational referent but can also be the creation of an actual knowledge space; spaces that are themselves mutable and capable of providing many different meanings and interpretations within a real-world, dynamic context. In this article I explore the implications of these ideas through two examples: one associated with prehistoric rock art in North Norway, and another with contemporary graffiti in an abandoned village in West Scotland.

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