Across and beyond Site Boundaries: Maximizing the Legacy of Submerged Landscape Assessments

Author(s): Louise Tizzard; Claire Mellett

Year: 2021


This is an abstract from the "Advances in Global Submerged Paleolandscapes Research" session, at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The last 20 years have seen a massive increase in offshore development around the UK that has provided archaeologists the opportunity to find and examine new sites from areas of seafloor, in deeper waters and further from the coastline than was previously possible. Through the interpretation of geophysical and geotechnical data within development areas, collaboration between archaeologists, geologists, engineers, and other stakeholders has significantly advanced our understanding of preservation of inundated landscapes over large areas. However, the data and their associated reports, when available, are site specific, and although they have significant value for wider research seeking to understand the potential of "Doggerland," this value is not necessarily realized on a regional and national scale. Using a case study, this paper will demonstrate how the value of site-specific data can be increased by (1) considering landscapes across and beyond their site boundaries, enabling the formulation of area-specific research questions; (2) using these research questions to inform site-specific aims and objectives rather than simply reacting to data availability; (3) utilizing all available data, including that collected for non-archaeological purposes; and (4) promoting wider engagement beyond the archaeological community.

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Across and beyond Site Boundaries: Maximizing the Legacy of Submerged Landscape Assessments. Louise Tizzard, Claire Mellett. Presented at The 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2021 ( tDAR id: 466945)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 32575