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Do Ships Shape the Shore?: An Analysis of the Credibility of Ship Archaeological Evidence for Landing Site Morphology in the Baltic Sea
Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, ISSN 1057-2414, E-ISSN 1095-9270, Vol. 41, no 1, 94-105 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the context of the development of different kinds of watercrafts during prehistory an interdependent line of development for landing sites and harbours is often suggested and used to argue that it is almost impossible to archaeologically locate small and early landing sites. Although the constructional properties of prehistoric watercrafts suggest that landing structures were not compellingly necessary, there is nevertheless archaeological evidence of landing facilities already from Stone Age as well as landing facilities for smaller boats to consider. This article will discuss to what extent ship archaeological evidence could be seen in a corresponding development to landing sites in its respective periods.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell , 2012. Vol. 41, no 1, 94-105 p.
Keyword [en]
ship archaeology, maritime archaeology, teleology, landing sites, harbours, Baltic Sea region
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16186DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2011.00337.xISI: 000300675400008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84857185419OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-16186DiVA: diva2:526376
Available from: 2012-03-05 Created: 2012-05-11 Last updated: 2014-02-05Bibliographically 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
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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