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Some Critical and Methodological Aspects of Shoreline Determination: Examples from the Baltic Sea Region
Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
Stockholm university.
2011 (English)In: Journal of archaeological method and theory, ISSN 1072-5369, E-ISSN 1573-7764, Vol. 18, no 2, 147-165 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Coastal shorelines worldwide are generally unstable and changing. The study of the precise relation between any archaeological site and the shoreline at the time when the site was used is therefore complicated, but still often not met with appropriate methodological approaches. In this article, we test models based on phosphate analysis and discuss how they can be used to detect ancient shorelines. We propose that a model of increased and oscillating phosphate values at the former water level is considered reliable and useful in areas with advancing shoreline.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 18, no 2, 147-165 p.
Keyword [en]
Coastal archaeology, Shore displacement, Baltic Sea region, Phosphate analysis
National Category
Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13721DOI: 10.1007/s10816-010-9084-xISI: 000290036800003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79955605397OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-13721DiVA: diva2:462101
Available from: 2011-12-06 Created: 2011-12-06 Last updated: 2014-02-10Bibliographically approved
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1. Seaward Landward: Investigations on the archaeological source value of the landing site category in the Baltic Sea region
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Seaward Landward: Investigations on the archaeological source value of the landing site category in the Baltic Sea region
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is a tendency in archaeology dealing with watercraft landing sites in a wider context to assume a direct relationship between sites in coastal and shore-bound areas and the practise of landing, without any deeper practical or theoretical exploration of the reality of any such relationship. This problem has its origins in the poor archaeological and conceptual definitions of watercraft landing sites obstructing any real understanding of the role of these sites in the maritime cultural landscape. Landing sites are taken for granted and they are undervalued as an archaeological source of explanation; notwithstanding, the concept of the landing site is readily used in archaeology in order to underpin archaeological interpretations on the maritime activities of past societies.

In order to break away from the simplified understandings of past water-bound strategies based on the undefined concept of the landing site, this dissertation suggests a definition of watercraft landing sites in a wider social sense as water-bound contact zones; places of social interaction that can be archaeologically identified and investigated. This perspective integrates the understanding of the intentional character of human activity related to watercraft landing with the remaining archaeological traces. Archaeological definitions of landing sites that can be tested against the archaeological data are provided, and thereby, the dissertation contributes with the possibility to archaeologically evaluate and approach the social function of watercraft landing sites. This dissertation demonstrates that there can be an archaeology of landing sites.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. 47 p.
Series
Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 66
Series
Aun, ISSN 0284-1347 ; 44
Keyword
Archaeology, Coastal archaeology, Maritime archaeology, Maritime cultural landscape, Landing sites, Harbours, Critical historiography, Sociology of landing sites, Model of interaction, Methodology, Shore displacement, Phosphate analysis, Baltic Sea region
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16183 (URN)978-91-506-2285-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-05-25, Sal IX, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-05-11 Created: 2012-05-11 Last updated: 2012-05-11Bibliographically approved

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