New Developments in Submerged prehistoric archaeology: an overview

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    Research on the archaeology of the continental shelf has made slow and intermittent progress over the past 40 years amidst an ongoing mood of scepticism in the wider scientific and archaeological community, but with a marked acceleration of interest and investment of new resources during the past decade. The chapters in this volume demonstrate that relevant evidence is now being retrieved and systematically examined across the world in all the major continents and in deeper as well as shallower water, and that new ideas and new data are now providing the momentum for future development. This chapter draws on examples from the other chapters in the volume to reflect on the history of developments in this field and the shifts in the climate of opinion that have led to increasing acceptance of its importance; the research questions that are now coming more clearly into focus and the directions they suggest for the future; and the challenges of developing purposeful strategies of exploration and discovery of new material.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPrehistoric Archaeology on the Continental Shelf
    Subtitle of host publicationA Global Review
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9781461496359
    ISBN (Print)9781461496342
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Coastal settlement
    • Continental shelves
    • Human colonization
    • Land bridges
    • Marine exploration
    • Prehistoric archaeology
    • Sea level change
    • Underwater archaeology


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