Meanings of Cultural Landscape in Sakon Nakhon City

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อนุวัฒน์ การถัก

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The purpose of this paper was to explore the changes in the meanings of cultural landscapes drawn from the historical old town of Sakon Nakhon City through different periods of time, by adopting the conceptual framework concerning the discourse construction for meaning interpretation. The research process was done through an examination of related publications and archaeological evidences and a field survey to analyze the relationships concerning political, administrative, economic, social and cultural contexts in each period. Then, the meanings given to cultural landscape in each period were concluded. Results from the study revealed that human settlement in Sakon Nakhon began around the pre-historical period. A range of meanings of cultural landscape thus overlapped and changed over time. Through stories and legends, some meanings of cultural landscapes become recognizable, but the most important factor contributing to the survival of meanings was the repetition of such meanings through rituals or traditions, which were important to the existence of meanings and created common memories among local people to remember the original meanings. This would be the important guidelines in conserving and restoring the cultural landscape.

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