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Discovering Harbours?: Reflection on the State and Development of Landing Site Studies in the Baltic Sea Region
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Archaeology.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Maritime Archaeology, ISSN 1557-2285, Vol. 4, no 2, 149-163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For the study and understanding of the structure and use of the ancient landscape and the maritime aspects of society, landing sites are one of the most sought after and discussed antiquities in the cultural landscape. Methodologically, in locating the places for landing, looking at their context, such as the prehistoric landscape, has been given a high priority throughout the history of research and landing sites are presumed to have existed in the vicinity of several material and non-material indicators of maritime presence. However, as the category of landing sites and their nature have not been properly defined, such indiscriminate designation based purely on circumstantial evidence poses serious problems. This paper evaluates research into landing sites in the Baltic Sea region, scrutinising terminological and methodological approaches used and suggests a way forward.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 4, no 2, 149-163 p.
National Category
Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13874DOI: 10.1007/s11457-009-9050-5ISI: 000271735100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70549106039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-13874DiVA: diva2:465593
Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically 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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