The Oxford Handbook of Wetland Archaeology is the most comprehensive survey of global wetland archaeology ever published. Well known for the spectacular quality of its surviving evidence, from both an archaeological and environmental perspective, wetland archaeology enables scholars to investigate and reconstruct past people's dwellings, landscapes, material culture, and daily lives in great detail. Through concise essays written by some of the world's leading scholars in the field, this Handbook describes the key principles, methodologies, and revealing results of past and present archaeological investigations of wetland environments. The volume provides unique insights into past human interactions with lakes, bogs, rivers, and coastal marshlands across the world from prehistory to modern times. Opening with a detailed introduction by the editors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts and contains 54 essays and over 230 photographs, figures, maps, and graphs.
Francesco Menotti is Professor of Archaology at the Institute of Prehistory and Archaeological Science, Basel University. He has been involved in wetland archaeological research for fifteen years, working on various projects in different parts of Europe. His publications include 'The missing period': Middle Bronze Age lake-dwellings in the Alps (2001), Living on the lake in prehistoric Europe (2004), and Wetland Archaeology and Beyond: Theory and Practice (OUP, 2012). Dr Aidan O'Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, Ireland. He has directed many wetland archaeological projects in estuaries, lakes, rivers and boglands, and is the author of numerous books and papers on wetland archaeology, including The Archaeology of Lake Settlement in Ireland (1998) and Rethinking Wetland Archaeology (2006).
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; LIST OF FIGURES; LIST OF TABLES; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS; PART 1: WETLAND OCCUPATIONS: A GEOGRAPHICAL AND CHRONOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE; INTRODUCTION; EUROPE; THE AMERICAS; AFRICA AND ASIA; OCEANIA; PART 2: WATERLOGGED ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE; INTRODUCTION; SETTLEMENTS AND HABITATIONS; MATERIAL CULTURE; ROAD NETWORKS AND TRANSPORT; HUMAN BODIES; PART 3: SURVEY AND EXCAVATION; INTRODUCTION; SURVEY; EXCAVATION; PART 4: MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENTIFIC NETWORK; INTRODUCTION; DATING METHODS; PART 5: A VULNERABLE CULTURAL HERITAGE: PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION; INTRODUCTION; PRESERVATION; ARTEFACT CONSERVATION; POLITICAL ACTIONS; PART 6: CHANGING RESEARCH ATTITUDE: TOWARDS ONE ARCHAEOLOGY; INTRODUCTION; PART 7: WETLAND ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE PUBLIC; INTRODUCTION; EPILOGUE: REFLECTIONS AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES; INTRODUCTION; INDEX