Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes

  • Alicia Caporaso

Part of the When the Land Meets the Sea book series (ACUA)

About this book


Research into the anthropogenic and taphonomic processes that affect the formation of maritime archaeological resources has grown significantly over the last decade in both theory and the analysis of specific sites and associated material culture. The addition of interdisciplinary inquiry, investigative techniques, and analytical modeling, from fields such as engineering, oceanography, and marine biology have increased our ability to trace the unique pathways through which archaeological sites progress from initial deposition to the present, yet can also link individual sites into an integrated socio-environmental maritime landscape.

This edited volume presents a global perspective of current research in maritime archaeological landscape formation processes. In addition to “classically” considered submerged material culture and geography, or those that can be accessed by traditional underwater methodology, case studies include less-often considered sites and landscapes. These landscapes, for example, require archaeologists to use geophysical marine survey equipment to characterize extensive areas of the seafloor or go above the surface to access maritime archaeological resources that have received less scholarly attention.



co-evolution of landscape and behavior both terrestrial and underwater techniques landscapes formed on land but now submerged landscape formation due to catastrophe material remains in physical and cultural landscapes

Editors and affiliations

  • Alicia Caporaso
    • 1
  1. 1.CovingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48786-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48787-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1869-6783
  • Series Online ISSN 1869-6791
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