Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf

  • Geoffrey N. Bailey
  • Jan Harff
  • Dimitris Sakellariou

Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Geoffrey N. Bailey, Jan Harff, Dimitris Sakellariou
    Pages 1-17
  3. Techniques and Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Francesco Latino Chiocci, Daniele Casalbore, Francesca Marra, Fabrizio Antonioli, Claudia Romagnoli
      Pages 39-51
    3. Ehud Galili, Jonathan Benjamin, Israel Hershkovitz, Mina Weinstein-Evron, Irit Zohar, Vered Eshed et al.
      Pages 85-102
  4. Underwater Archaeological Sites

  5. Underwater Landscapes and Archaeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Andrew Bicket, Genevieve Shaw, Jonathan Benjamin
      Pages 179-195
    3. Anton Hansson, Svante Björck, Hans Linderson, Mats Rundgren, Björn Nilsson, Arne Sjöström et al.
      Pages 197-209
    4. Daniel A. Hepp, Ursula Warnke, Dierk Hebbeln, Tobias Mörz
      Pages 211-222
    5. Giovanni Scicchitano, Elena Flavia Castagnino Berlinghieri, Fabrizio Antonioli, Cecilia Rita Spampinato, Carmelo Monaco
      Pages 233-253
    6. Irena Radić Rossi, Neven Cukrov
      Pages 255-266
  6. Landscapes of the Continental Shelf and Human Dispersals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Håkon Glørstad, Jostein Gundersen, Frode Kvalø
      Pages 285-303
    3. Vince Gaffney, Robin Allaby, Richard Bates, Martin Bates, Eugene Ch’ng, Simon Fitch et al.
      Pages 305-319
    4. Geoffrey N. Bailey, Dimitris Sakellariou, Abdullah Alsharekh, Salem Al Nomani, Maud Devès, Panos Georgiou et al.
      Pages 361-373
  7. Outreach and Management

About this book


This book focuses on issues of method and interpretation in studies of submerged landscapes, concentrating on illustrations and case studies from around Europe with additional examples from other parts of the world. Such landscapes were once exposed as dry land during the low sea levels that prevailed during the glacial periods that occupied most of the past million years and provided extensive new territories for human exploitation. Their study today involves underwater investigation, using techniques and strategies which are clearly set out in these chapters. The underwater landscape provides a rich source of information about the archaeology of human settlement and long-term changes in environment, climate and sea-level. This book highlights how such information can be revealed and interpreted.

The examples presented here and the focus on techniques make this book of worldwide relevance. Chapters describe examples of underwater archaeological investigation as well as collaboration with offshore industries and legal, management and training issues relating to underwater cultural heritage. Such studies point to the significance of this drowned landscape, and readers are invited to consider its human impact in terms of past settlement and population dispersal through palaeolandscape reconstruction and interpretation in relation to broader themes in human prehistory.

This volume is based on work from COST Action SPLASHCOS, a four-year multi-disciplinary and multi-national research program supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and has something to benefit all those with an interest in the sea floor of the continental shelf and the archaeological and social impact of sea-level change, including archaeologists, marine scientists, geographers, cultural-heritage managers, commercial and governmental organisations, policy makers and interested members of the public.


Continental Shelf and Archaeology Cultural heritage management and Paleolandscapes Sea-level Change and Archaeology Submerged Landscapes and Archaeology Submerged prehistoric landscapes Underwater Archaeology and Paleolandscapes

Editors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey N. Bailey
    • 1
  • Jan Harff
    • 2
  • Dimitris Sakellariou
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute of Marine and Coastal SciencesUniversity of SzczecinSzczecinPoland
  3. 3.Institute of OceanographyHellenic Centre for Marine ResearchAnavyssosGreece

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