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Discovering harbours? Reflection on the state and development of landing sites studies in the Baltic Sea region.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Maritime Archaeology, ISSN 1557-2285, Vol. 4, no 2, 149-163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For the study and understanding of the structure and use of the ancient landscape and the maritime aspects of society, landing sites are one of the most sought after and discussed antiquities in the cultural landscape. Methodologically, in locating the places for landing, looking at their context, such as the prehistoric landscape, has been given a high priority throughout the history of research and landing sites are presumed to have existed in the vicinity of several material and non-material indicators of maritime presence. However, as the category of landing sites and their nature have not been properly defined, such indiscriminate designation based purely on circumstantial evidence poses serious problems. This paper evaluates research into landing sites in the Baltic Sea region, scrutinising terminological and methodological approaches used and suggests a way forward.

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2009. Vol. 4, no 2, 149-163 p.
Keyword [en]
Coastal archaeology, Landing sites, Harbours, Baltic Sea region, Iron Age, Critical historiography
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Archaeology
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-143240DOI: 10.1007/s11457-009-9050-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-143240DiVA: diva2:389847
Available from: 2011-01-20 Created: 2011-01-20 Last updated: 2011-01-20

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