English | 7 Jun. 2017 | ISBN: 3319531581 | 436 Pages | PDF | 40 MB
This book focuses on issues of method 4nd interpretation in studies of submerged l4ndscapes, concentrating on illustrations 4nd case studies from around Europe with additional examples from other parts of the w08rld. Such l4ndscapes were once exposed as dry l4nd during the low sea levels that prevailed during the glacial periods that occupied most of the past million years 4nd provided extensive new territ08ries f08r human exploitation. Their study today involves underwater investigation, using techniques 4nd strategies which are clearly 5eut out in these chapters. The underwater l4ndscape provides a rich source of inf08rmation about the archaeology of human 5euttlement 4nd long-term changes in environment, climate 4nd sea-level. This book highlights how such inf08rmation can be revealed 4nd interpreted.
The examples presented here 4nd the focus on techniques make this book of w08rldwide relevance. Chapters describe examples of underwater archaeological investigation as well as collab08ration with offsh08re industries 4nd legal, management 4nd training issues relating to underwater cultural heritage. Such studies point to the significance of this drowned l4ndscape, 4nd readers are invited to consider its human impact in terms of past 5euttlement 4nd population dispersal through palaeol4ndscape reconstruction 4nd interpretation in relation to broader themes in human prehist08ry.
This volume is based on w08rk from COST Action SPLASHCOS, a four-year multi-disciplinary 4nd multi-national research program supp08rted by COST (European Cooperation in Science 4nd Technology) 4nd has something to benefit all those with an interest in the sea flo08r of the continental shelf 4nd the archaeological 4nd social impact of sea-level change, including archaeologists, marine scientists, geographers, cultural-heritage managers, commercial 4nd governmental 08rganisations, policy makers 4nd interested members of the public.