Prehistoric Maritime Cultural Landscapes in the New York Bight

Author(s): Daria Merwin

Year: 2016


The study of prehistoric maritime cultural landscapes (or seascapes) in the broadest sense seeks to explore the relationship between people and the water. If we are to reconstruct the nature of this relationship over time along the Atlantic coast of North America, however, we must account for environmental changes, particularly sea level rise and related shifts in ecological communities and habitats on the shore and at sea. This paper examines the coastal archaeology of the New York Bight (the bend in the Atlantic coast between southern New Jersey and Cape Cod) over the course of the Holocene, drawing data from terrestrial and now submerged sites to examine topics such as the role of coastal environments in human settlement, evidence for fishing and seafaring technology, and the origins and consequences of adopting maritime cultural adaptations.

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Prehistoric Maritime Cultural Landscapes in the New York Bight. Daria Merwin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403298)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -84.067; min lat: 36.031 ; max long: -72.026; max lat: 43.325 ;