The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology

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  • Copyright: 2013-03-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology is the most comprehensive survey of world wetland archaeology ever published and sets out and covers the key issues and debates in the theory and practice of wetland archaeology, which has played a crucial role in studies of our past. Due to the high quantity of well-preserved organic materials found in humid environments, the study of wetlands has allowed archaeologists to reconstruct people's everyday lives ingreat detail. Through concise essays written by over fifty of the world's leading scholars in the field, it describes the scientific and archaeological principles, methodologies, and spectacular results of past and present archaeological investigations of wetland environments.

Author Biography

Francesco Menotti is Professor of Archaology at the Institute of Prehistory and Archaeological Science, Basel University. He has been involved in wetland archaeological research for fifteen years, working on various projects in different parts of Europe. His publications include 'The missing period': Middle Bronze Age lake-dwellings in the Alps (2001), Living on the lake in prehistoric Europe (2004), and Wetland Archaeology and Beyond: Theory and Practice (OUP, 2012).

Dr Aidan O'Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, Ireland. He has directed many wetland archaeological projects in estuaries, lakes, rivers and boglands, and is the author of numerous books and papers on wetland archaeology, including The Archaeology of Lake Settlement in Ireland (1998) and Rethinking Wetland Archaeology (2006).

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
General introduction to the Handbook
Wetland occupations: a geographical and chronological perspective
Wetland occupations in prehistoric Europe
Europe s wetlands from the Migration Period to the Middle Ages: settlement, exploitation and transformation, AD 400-1500The Americas
Occupations of past wetland environments in the United States
People-wetland interaction in Canada
Pre-Columbian people and the wetlands in Central and South America Africa and Asia
People and wetlands in Africa
Wetland Archaeology and the role of marshes in the ancient Middle East
The past Eastern Russian wetlands: review of the prehistoric occupation, chronology, economy, and environment
Prehistoric wetland occupations in the Lower regions of Yangtze River, China
Wetland sites in Japan Oceania
Wetland occupations in New Zealand
Australian wetland occupations before and after the Europeans
Wetland archaeology in the Highlands of New Guinea
Waterlogged archaeological evidence
Settlements and habitations
The Alpine region lake-dwellings
Irish and Scottish crannogs
Houses, households and settlements: architecture and living space Material culture
Portable wooden objects from wetlands
Fishing traps and weirs on the Northwest Coast of North America: new approaches and new insights
Bone and antler artefacts in wetland sites Road networks and transport
Trackways and roads across the wetlands
Rivers and lakes: a network of wetland highways Human bodies
Bog bodies: underwater burials, sacrifices and executions
Survey and excavation
Detecting organic materials in waterlogged sediments
Underwater survey and acoustic detection and characterisation of archaeological materials
Archaeological strategies for terrestrial wetland landscapes Excavation
Intertidal survey and excavation
Excavation of wet sites
Multidisciplinary scientific network
Archaebotany: the potential of analyses of plant remains from waterlogged archaeological sites
Insect analysis in wetland archaeology
Palaeoecological reconstructions
Geoarchaeological and soil micromorphological studies in wetland archaeology
Ancient DNA research on wetland archaeological evidence
Palaeoclimatology and archaeology in the wetlands Dating methods
Radiocarbon dating of wetland sites
Dendrochronology in wetland archaeology
Lacustrine varve counting as a dating technique: advantages and disadvantages
A vulnerable cultural heritage: preservation and conservation
Preservation against erosion: protecting lake shores and coastal environments Artefact conservation
A review of current post-excavation treatment methods for waterlogged organic archaeological materials: the last 20 years Political actions
National and international wetland management policies
Wet Site Archaeology on the Northwest Coast of North America and the Native Communities involvement in Managing their Wetland Heritage Sites
Changing research attitude: towards one archaeology
Wetland Archaeology in the twenty-first century: adapting to climate change
Life history approaches and wetland habitation: a later prehistoric case study from the Dutch delta
Rhythm of wetland life: seasonality and sociality
Towards an Anthropology of Wetland Archaeology: Hunter-Gatherers and Wetlands in Theory and Practice
Long-distance trade routes linked to wetland settlements
Integrating dry lands and wetlands in late prehistoric farming regimes
People, lakes and forest in the Baltic region: a prehistoric perspective
Wetland archaeology and the public
Wetland archaeology in the media and the popular literature: beyond the scholarly taboos of the twentieth century, back to the pioneers
Informing the public: bridging the gap between experts and enthusiasts
Museum exhibitions, open-air museums and hands-on archaeology
The lake-dwelling diaspora: museums, private collectors and the evolution of ethics in archaeology
Epilogue: Reflections and future perspectives
The archaeology of wetlands: a personal journey
Concluding remarks and future perspectives
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