The Remembered Land Surviving Sea-level Rise after the Last Ice Age

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-10-22
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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How did small-scale societies in the past experience and respond to sea-level rise? What happened when their dwellings, hunting grounds and ancestral lands were lost under an advancing tide? This book asks these questions in relation to the hunter-gatherer inhabitants of a lost prehistoric land; a land that became entirely inundated and now lies beneath the North Sea. It seeks to understand how these people viewed and responded to their changing environment, suggesting that people were not struggling against nature, but simply getting on with life - with all its trials and hardships, satisfactions and pleasures, and with a multitude of choices available. At the same time, this loss of land - the loss of places and familiar locales where myths were created and identities formed - would have profoundly affected people's sense of being. This book moves beyond the static approach normally applied to environmental change in the past to capture its nuances. Through this, a richer and more complex story of past sea-level rise develops; a story that may just have resonance for us today.

Author Biography

Jim Leary is Lecturer in Archaeology/Director of Archaeology Field School, University of Reading, UK. Formerly a prehistorian with English Heritage and 'Field Archaeologist in Residence' at Cambridge University, his publications include The Story of Silbury Hill (with David Lines, 2010).

Table of Contents

Foreword (tbc)
Part 1: Landscape

Chapter 1 Recognising Northsealand
Chapter 2 Thinking the Imagined Land
Chapter 3 The People of Northsealand
Chapter 4 Shaping the World with Ice and Sea
Part 2: Effects
Chapter 5 Changing Worlds and Changing Worldviews
Chapter 6 Losing Place
Part 3: Responses
Chapter 7 Living in a Changing World
Chapter 8 Networks and Social Memory
Chapter 9 Being Pragmatic
Part 4: To end
Chapter 10 The Remembered Land
Annotated Bibliography

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