When the Land Meets the Sea

The Archaeology of Maritime Landscapes

Editors: Ford, Ben (Ed.)

  • Features an extensive geographic scope, covering maritime sites in the United States, Europe, and Australia
  • Examines many of the theoretical and methodological questions and applies them to concrete case studies
  • Offers a landscape approach that provides cohesive theory of terrestrial and underwater site interaction
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About this Textbook

Maritime cultural landscapes are collections of submerged archaeological sites, or combinations of terrestrial and submerged sites that reflect the relationship between humans and the water.  These landscapes can range in size from a single beach to an entire coastline and can include areas of terrestrial sites now inundated as well as underwater sites that are now desiccated. 

However, what binds all of these sites together is the premise that each aspect of the landscape –cultural, political, environmental, technological, and physical – is interrelated and can not be understood without reference to the others. In this maritime cultural landscape approach, individual sites are treated as features within the larger landscape and the interpretation of single sites add to a larger analysis of a region or culture. This approach provides physical and theoretical links between terrestrial and underwater archaeology as well as prehistoric and historic archaeology; consequently, providing a framework for integrating such diverse topics as trade, resource procurement, habitation, industrial production, and warfare into a holistic study of the past.

Landscape studies foster broader perspectives and approaches, extending the study of maritime cultures beyond the shoreline. Despite this potential, the archaeological study of maritime landscapes is a relatively untried approach with many questions regarding the methods and perspectives needed to effectively analyze these landscapes. 

The chapters in this volume, which include contributions from the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Australia, address many of the theoretical and methodological questions surrounding maritime cultural landscapes. The authors comprise established scholars as well as archaeologists at the beginning of their careers, providing a healthy balance of experience and innovation. The chapters also demonstrate parity between method and theory, where the varying interpretations of culture and space are given equal weight with the challenges of investigating both wet and dry sites across large areas.

About the authors

Dr. Ben Ford is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include historical and maritime archaeology, and historic preservation, as well as the uses and perceptions of space and environment during the past.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ford, Ben

    Pages 1-9

  • Searching for Santarosae: Surveying Submerged Landscapes for Evidence of Paleocoastal Habitation Off California’s Northern Channel Islands

    Watts, Jack (et al.)

    Pages 11-26

  • Testing the Paleo-Maritime Hypothesis for Glacial Lake Iroquois: Implications for Changing Views of Past Culture and Technology

    Schulz, Margaret (et al.)

    Pages 27-43

  • Lake Ontario Paleoshorelines and Submerged Prehistoric Site Potential in the Great Lakes

    Halligan, Jessi

    Pages 45-62

  • The Shoreline as a Bridge, Not a Boundary: Cognitive Maritime Landscapes of Lake Ontario

    Ford, Ben

    Pages 63-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Archaeology of Maritime Landscapes
Editors
  • Ben Ford
Series Title
When the Land Meets the Sea
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8210-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8210-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8209-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2888-6
Series ISSN
1869-6783
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 352
Number of Illustrations and Tables
80 b/w illustrations
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