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Is there an Archaeological Potential for a Sociology of Landing Sites?
Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
2011 (English)In: Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History (JAAH), ISSN 2001-1199, no 2, 1-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Repeatedly, archaeological research on landing sites draws upon the equivalence between a naturally suitable coast and a landing site/harbour. This kind of research emanates from an archaeologically and socially ill-defined landing site concept and has created a basis for arbitrary discussions on the nature of maritime activities of past societies. There is no comprehensive and integrated understanding of the existing variability, character and patterns of landing site behaviour and relations. This article addresses the question of what characterises landing sites for watercrafts in an archaeological and social perspective. If such characteristics can be defined, what are the possibilities of seeing any of these traits in an archaeological material? Defining a landing site as a contact zone where movements and meetings on land and by watercraft take place and are facilitated by the locality as such, a generally applicable model for the archaeological study of landing sites is suggested and checked against three different archaeological case studies from the Baltic Sea region.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. no 2, 1-31 p.
Keyword [en]
Archaeology, Baltic Sea region, Fribrødre Å, Harbour, Krogen Island, Landing site, Model of interaction, Maritime archaeology, Maritime cultural landscape, Sociology of landing sites, Tornimäe
National Category
Archaeology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-16185DiVA: diva2:526388
Available from: 2012-05-11 Created: 2012-05-11 Last updated: 2012-05-11Bibliographically 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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