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A New Maritime Archaeological Landscape Formation Model

Author(s): Alicia Caporaso

Year: 2013

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Underwater archaeology tends to be particularistic focusing on the human activities associated with an event, however; human behavior and its resultant material remains exist on a physical and cultural landscape and cannot be separated from it. Studying known archaeological sites within the landscape reveals patterns of human behavior that can only be identified within that context. The natural environment constrains and informs human behavior and plays an important role in the development of maritime culture and landscape.  The processes by which this occurs can be studied through analysis of the archaeological record.   The focus of this research is a new approach to integrating the components of the maritime landscape with the understanding of the archaeological and historic records as well as oceanographic processes to develop a new phenomenological model that takes into account not only shipwrecks, but also the totality of the remains of human activity within a defined area. 


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A New Maritime Archaeological Landscape Formation Model. Alicia Caporaso. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428362)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 337

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America