The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology


The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology is the most comprehensive survey of global wetland archaeology ever published. Well known for the spectacular quality of its surviving evidence, from both an archaeological and environmental perspective, wetland archaeology enables scholars to investigate and reconstruct past people's dwellings, landscapes, material culture, and daily lives in great detail. Through concise essays written by some of the world's leading scholars in the field, this Handbook describes the ...
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The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology is the most comprehensive survey of global wetland archaeology ever published. Well known for the spectacular quality of its surviving evidence, from both an archaeological and environmental perspective, wetland archaeology enables scholars to investigate and reconstruct past people's dwellings, landscapes, material culture, and daily lives in great detail. Through concise essays written by some of the world's leading scholars in the field, this Handbook describes the key principles, methodologies, and revealing results of past and present archaeological investigations of wetland environments. The volume provides unique insights into past human interactions with lakes, bogs, rivers, and coastal marshlands across the world from prehistory to modern times. Opening with a detailed introduction by the editors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts and contains 54 essays and over 230 photographs, figures, maps, and graphs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199573493
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 1088
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
1. General introduction to the Handbook, Francesco Menotti and Aidan O Sullivan
Part 1: Wetland occupations: a geographical and chronological perspective
2. Wetland occupations in prehistoric Europe, Francesco Menotti
3. Europe s wetlands from the Migration Period to the Middle Ages: settlement, exploitation and transformation, AD 400-1500, Aidan O Sullivan
The Americas
4. Occupations of past wetland environments in the United States, Barbara, A. Purdy
5. People-wetland interaction in Canada, Kathryn Bernick
6. Pre-Columbian people and the wetlands in Central and South America, Tim Beach and Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach
Africa and Asia
7. People and wetlands in Africa, Peter Mitchell
8. Wetland Archaeology and the role of marshes in the ancient Middle East, Tony, J. Wilkinson
9. The past Eastern Russian wetlands: review of the prehistoric occupation, chronology, economy, and environment, Yaroslav, V. Kuzmin
10. Prehistoric wetland occupations in the Lower regions of Yangtze River, China, Yunfei Zheng
11. Wetland sites in Japan, Akira Matsui and Tomohiro Inoue
12. Wetland occupations in New Zealand, Geoffrey Irwin
13. Australian wetland occupations before and after the Europeans, Sally Brockwell
14. Wetland archaeology in the Highlands of New Guinea, Chris Ballard, Tim Denham and Simon Haberle
Part 2: Waterlogged archaeological evidence
Settlements and habitations
15. The Alpine region lake-dwellings, Pierre Petrequin
16. Irish and Scottish crannogs, Jon Henderson and Robert Sands
17. Houses, households and settlements: architecture and living spaces, Renate Ebersbach
Material culture
18. Portable wooden objects from wetlands, Robert Sands
19. Fishing traps and weirs on the Northwest Coast of North America: new approaches and new insights, Madonna, L. Moss
20. Bone and antler artefacts in wetland sites, Jorg Schibler
Road networks and transport
21. Trackways and roads across the wetlands, Richard Brunning and Conor McDermott
22. Rivers and lakes: a network of wetland highways, Fiona Haughey
Human bodies
23. Bog bodies: underwater burials, sacrifices and executions, Wijnand, A.B. van der Sanden
Part 3: Survey and excavation
24. Detecting organic materials in waterlogged sediments, Andreas Weller and Andreas Bauerochse
25. Underwater survey and acoustic detection and characterisation of archaeological materials, Ruth Plets
36. Archaeological strategies for terrestrial wetland landscapes, Richard Brunning
27. Intertidal survey and excavation, Martin Bell
28. Excavation of wet sites, Glen, H. Doran
Part 4: Multidisciplinary scientific network
29. Archaebotany: the potential of analyses of plant remains from waterlogged archaeological sites, Stefanie Jacomet
30. Insect analysis in wetland archaeology, Stephen Davis
31. Palaeoecological reconstructions, Ciara Clarke
32. Geoarchaeological and soil micromorphological studies in wetland archaeology, Charles French
33. Ancient DNA research on wetland archaeological evidence, Angela Schlumbaum and Ceiridwen J. Edwards
34. Palaeoclimatology and archaeology in the wetlands, Michel Magny
Dating methods
35. Radiocarbon dating of wetland sites, Tom Higham
36. Dendrochronology in wetland archaeology, Andre Billamboz
37. Lacustrine varve counting as a dating technique: advantages and disadvantages, Hiroyuki Kitagawa
Part 5: A vulnerable cultural heritage: preservation and conservation
38. Preservation against erosion: protecting lake shores and coastal environments, Denis Ramseyer
Artefact conservation
39. A review of current post-excavation treatment methods for waterlogged organic archaeological materials: the last 20 years, Dilys Johns
Political actions
40. National and international wetland management policies, Adrian Olivier
41. Wet Site Archaeology on the Northwest Coast of North America and the Native Communities involvement in Managing their Wetland Heritage Sites, Dale Croes
Part 6: Changing research attitude: towards one archaeology
42. Wetland Archaeology in the twenty-first century: adapting to climate change, Robert Van de Noort
43. Life history approaches and wetland habitation: a later prehistoric case study from the Dutch delta, Stijn Arnoldussen
44. Rhythm of wetland life: seasonality and sociality, Mark Harris
45. Towards an Anthropology of Wetland Archaeology: Hunter-Gatherers and Wetlands in Theory and Practice, George, P. Nicholas
46. Long-distance trade routes linked to wetland settlements, Paolo Bellintani
47. Integrating dry lands and wetlands in late prehistoric farming regimes, Kristian Kristiansen
48. People, lakes and forest in the Baltic region: a prehistoric perspective, Peter Bogucki
Part 7: Wetland archaeology and the public
49. Wetland archaeology in the media and the popular literature: beyond the scholarly taboos of the twentieth century, back to the pioneers, Marc-Antoine Kaeser
50. Informing the public: bridging the gap between experts and enthusiasts, Urs Leuzinger
51. Museum exhibitions, open-air museums and hands-on archaeology, Gunter Schobel
52. The lake-dwelling diaspora: museums, private collectors and the evolution of ethics in archaeology, Bettina Arnold
Epilogue: Reflections and future perspectives
53. The archaeology of wetlands: a personal journey, Charles, F. W. Higham
54. Concluding remarks and future perspectives, Bryony Coles

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