Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes and Underwater Site Discovery: Reevaluating the 'Danish Model' for International Practice

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    43 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Paleoenvironmental studies of late Pleistocene climate change and postglacial sea-level rise have coincided with and inspired archaeological fieldwork in submarine environments. Underwater archaeological contributions have significantly enhanced the Mesolithic-Neolithic record in and around Europe; however, despite recent advancements, a clear approach to broadly investigate submerged prehistoric landscapes remains undefined. While a specific survey strategy has been tested in southern Scandinavia, these practices lack some considerations if they are to be productively applied on an international scale. Through a systematic identification of physical and cultural variables and a practical, common-sense approach, this paper re-evaluates the 'Danish model' for submerged prehistoric landscape archaeology and presents a framework for the identification of locations for underwater archaeological survey and site discovery. In addition to the methodological evaluation, specific research priorities are introduced.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)253-270
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Island and Coastal Archaeology
    Volume5
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Archaeological prospection
    • Mesolithic
    • Neolithic
    • Sea-level rise
    • Submerged prehistoric landscapes
    • Underwater archaeology

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes and Underwater Site Discovery: Reevaluating the 'Danish Model' for International Practice'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this