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Landscape Historian

Follow how physical terrain has changed over the centuries.

What does a Landscape Historian do?

The landscape of our world is ever evolving. Wind, erosion, drifting sand and dirt, and myriad other factors cause buildings to crumble, hillsides to disappear, and sand dunes to form. But, without a physical record of what an area used to look like, it’s difficult to imagine the changes that have taken place over decades or centuries. It’s the job of the Landscape Historian to research the area and rebuild a picture of those changes.

When you’re a Landscape Historian, your work might be showcased in a newspaper, magazine, archeology journal, or even the History Channel. That’s because much of the work you do as a Landscape Historian revolves around areas that are historically significant to a specific culture or community. While you might work for a private landowner looking to better understand the history of her land, much of your work is funded by local, state, or federal governments.

As an example, imagine a flat, open battlefield, mentioned in history books for hundreds of years. When you visit the site now, it might be difficult to understand how armies approached without being detected. So you use a combination of soil samples, archeological dig techniques, and research of floods and weather changes over the years to create a picture of the huge hill that has since disappeared.

In addition to fieldwork, you spend a significant amount of time analyzing the work of Cartographers, Historians, Anthropologists, Photographers, and other professionals who help you rebuild the history of fields, mountains, villages, or ancient architecture.