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Beyond Activity Areas, Beyond Burial Spaces: Islands as a Monumental Place for Coastal Foragers

Author(s): Sangtaek Lim

Year: 2017

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Coastal foragers of southern Korean Chulmun period had actively exploited marine resources from the initial phase(6000~4500 B.C.E.), and they also have a complex network with groups of Japanese Kyushu Island from that times. Researchers usually have thought that islands served as economic patches for coastal foragers with large numbers of shell mounds. However, based on several burial sites recently excavated at some islands like gadeok, Yeondae, Yokji, we now need to reconsider islands as being just resource patches. We have to shift our view of islands fundamentally—not just as a materialistic "space" for resource exploitation or burials but as an empirical "places" for rituals, memories, living activities and so on for foragers. In doing so, islands acquired meaning of "spaceness" of their own, which can be connected with monumental characteristics of islands. Islands are monumental places for coastal foragers of Korean Chulmun period and economic, ritual practices, including resource exploitation and burial making, all of which enhanced the "spaceness" of islands.

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Beyond Activity Areas, Beyond Burial Spaces: Islands as a Monumental Place for Coastal Foragers. Sangtaek Lim. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431689)


Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15721

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