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Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes

  • Alicia Caporaso

Part of the When the Land Meets the Sea book series (ACUA)

About this book


Research into the anthropogenic and taphonomic processes that affect the formation of maritime archaeological resources has grown significantly over the last decade in both theory and the analysis of specific sites and associated material culture. The addition of interdisciplinary inquiry, investigative techniques, and analytical modeling, from fields such as engineering, oceanography, and marine biology have increased our ability to trace the unique pathways through which archaeological sites progress from initial deposition to the present, yet can also link individual sites into an integrated socio-environmental maritime landscape.

This edited volume presents a global perspective of current research in maritime archaeological landscape formation processes. In addition to “classically” considered submerged material culture and geography, or those that can be accessed by traditional underwater methodology, case studies include less-often considered sites and landscapes. These landscapes, for example, require archaeologists to use geophysical marine survey equipment to characterize extensive areas of the seafloor or go above the surface to access maritime archaeological resources that have received less scholarly attention.



co-evolution of landscape and behavior both terrestrial and underwater techniques landscapes formed on land but now submerged landscape formation due to catastrophe material remains in physical and cultural landscapes

Editors and affiliations

  • Alicia Caporaso
    • 1
  1. 1.CovingtonUSA

About the editors

Dr. Alicia Caporaso has been a professional archaeologist for 12 years as an instructor of Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Oceanography, and as a federal archaeologist with the National Park Service and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Her publications and book reviews have appeared in The ACUA Underwater Proceedings, Le Journal, The Nebraska Anthropologist, The Northern Mariner, South Dakota History, and Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes
  • Editors Alicia Caporaso
  • Series Title When the Land Meets the Sea
  • Series Abbreviated Title When Land Meets Sea
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48786-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84013-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48787-8
  • Series ISSN 1869-6783
  • Series E-ISSN 1869-6791
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
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“Caporaso’s study of the Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological of Landscapes presents an excellent perspective of current research in maritime archaeological landscape formation processes.” (Jacob Bart Hak, The Northern Mariner,, Vol. 30 (1), 2020)

“Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes is an important new exploration of the ever-widening approaches available to maritime archaeologists interested in conceptualizing and characterizing landscapes and seascapes. … this volume represents a significant step forward in communicating the complex and dynamic themes that are open for scholarly inquiry in landscape research.” (Nathan Richards, Journal of Maritime Archaeology, Vol. 14, 2019)