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Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes

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  • Presents a new approach to integrating the components of the maritime landscape with the understanding of the archaeological and historic records
  • Examining subject with an interdisciplinary and international viewpoint
  • Brings together topics such as active coastal erosion, preservation of archaeological sites, formation of site stratigraphy, location of archaeological deposits, topography, and changes in resource distribution
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Part of the book series: When the Land Meets the Sea (ACUA)

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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. Theselandscapes, 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.


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Table of contents (10 chapters)


“Caporaso’s study of the Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological of Landscapes presents an excellent perspective of current research in maritime archaeological landscape formation processes.” (Jacob Bart Hak, The Northern Mariner,, Vol. 30 (1), 2020)

“Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes is an important new exploration of the ever-widening approaches available to maritime archaeologists interested in conceptualizing and characterizing landscapes and seascapes. … this volume represents a significant step forward in communicating the complex and dynamic themes that are open for scholarly inquiry in landscape research.” (Nathan Richards, Journal of Maritime Archaeology, Vol. 14, 2019)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Covington, USA

    Alicia Caporaso

About the editor

Dr. Alicia Caporaso has been a professional archaeologist for 12 years as an instructor of Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Oceanography, and as a federal archaeologist with the National Park Service and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Her publications and book reviews have appeared in The ACUA Underwater Proceedings, Le Journal, The Nebraska Anthropologist, The Northern Mariner, South Dakota History, and Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes

  • Editors: Alicia Caporaso

  • Series Title: When the Land Meets the Sea

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-48786-1Published: 12 January 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-93181-4Published: 30 May 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-48787-8Published: 05 January 2017

  • Series ISSN: 1869-6783

  • Series E-ISSN: 1869-6791

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 220

  • Number of Illustrations: 20 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Archaeology, Hydrogeology

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