Wetland Archaeology and Beyond: Theory and Practice

Hardcover | April 30, 2012

byFrancesco Menotti

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Despite being one of the most successful branches of mainstream archaeology, wetland archaeology, as an academic discipline, is still relatively unknown. We might have all heard of the wonderfully preserved organic artefacts and ecofacts found in waterlogged conditions, but do we really knowhow they were preserved, found, retrieved, and conserved for us to admire and study? Wetland Archaeology and Beyond takes the reader through the fascinating biography of wetland archaeology, from the dawn of the discipline to its remarkable achievements. Through a discussion of a large variety of worldwide wetland archaeological sites and their material culture, Menotti offers anappreciative study of the people who occupied these sites and who created the archaeological artefacts. The volume also includes a comprehensive explanation of the procedures and research processes involved in archaeological practice and theory. Focusing on the relationship between archaeological experts and the general public, Menotti highlights the importance of this relationship for the future of the discipline as wetland ecosystems continue to disappear at an inexorable rate - and with them our invaluable cultural heritage.

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Despite being one of the most successful branches of mainstream archaeology, wetland archaeology, as an academic discipline, is still relatively unknown. We might have all heard of the wonderfully preserved organic artefacts and ecofacts found in waterlogged conditions, but do we really knowhow they were preserved, found, retrieved, an...

Francesco Menotti is Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Prehistory and Archaeological Science, at Basel University, Switzerland. He has been involved in wetland archaeological research for some fifteen years, working on various projects in different parts of Europe. His publications include 'The missing period': Middle Bronz...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of FiguresListof MapsList of TablesDating Abbreviations1. Wetland archaeology inside out2. People-wetlands interactions through space and time3. Living in and between the wetlands: resource potential and adaptability4. Abundant well-preserved evidence5. In the field and beyond: survey, excavation, preservation and conservation6. Joint effort: a multidisciplinary scientific network7. True or false? Learning via experiments8. Wetland archaeology in a wider context9. Being aware of and protecting wetland cultural heritageEpilogueGlossaryMapsReferencesIndex