Enduring Records: The Environmental and Cultural Heritage of Wetlands [Hardback]

Barbara A. Purdy (Author)

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ISBN: 9781842170489 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: WARP Occasional Papers | Volume: 15 | Year of Publication: 2001 | Language: English 320p, H297 x W210 (mm) b/w figs and illus

Enduring Records


In rare instances prehistoric peoples and/or their most fragile creations are preserved when they become accidentally or intentionally entombed in environments that have remained constantly wet, dry, or frozen. The finds are particularly informative when skeletons retain flesh, internal organs, and clothes, and when they are accompanied by items of personal adornment or weaponry made of wood, cordage or bone in addition to the more common stone and pottery objects. Well-known examples of this kind of survival include the bog-bodies of northern Europe, the Iceman of the Alps, Egyptian and Peruvian mummies, Swiss lake settlements, and in North America, the Ozette Village on the Olympic Peninsula, and Key Marco on Florida's lower Gulf Coast. These organic materials provide an invaluable window on the past, yet the fact that wetlands contain thousands of years of environmental and cultural history has not risen to the consciousness of the public, the scientific community, or governments. These twenty-seven papers on wetland research across the world, from America, Europe and Australasia, aim to raise the profile of these fragile environments and the potential they have for shedding light on the past.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Barbara A. Purdy)
1. Ivory and Bone Tools from Late Pleistocene Deposits in the Aucilla River, North-Central Florida (S. David Webb and C. Andrew Hemmings)
2. The View from Windover: 15 Years after Excavation (Glen H. Doran)
3. Textiles and Cordage from Windover Bog (8BR246) (R. L. Andrews, J. M. Adovasio, D. C. Harding and J. S. Illingworth)
4. Archaeological Investigations of water-saturated deposits in Volusia County, Florida: Groves orange midden on Lake Monroe (Barbara A. Purdy)
5. Pineland: A coastal wet site in Southwest Florida (William H. Marquardt and Karen J. Walker)
6. Subtropical WEtland Adaptations in Uruguay during the Mid-Holocene: an archaeobotanical perspective (Jose Iriarte, Irene Holst, Jose M. Lopez and Leonel Cabrera)
7. Houses in the Sea: Excavation and preservation at Los Buchillones, Cuba (David Pendergast, Elizabeth Graham, Jorge A. Calvera and M. Juan Jardines)
8. A soft economy: perishable artefacts offered to the Well of Sacrifice, Chichen Itza (Clemency Chase Coggins)
9. Birth to Death: Northwest coast wet site basketry and cordage artefacts reflecting a person's life cycle (Dale R. Croes)
10. Serendipitous Discoveries: The water hazard wet site in Southwestern British Columbia (Katheryn Bernick)
11. Coquille cultural heritage and wetland archaeology (Donal Ivy and Scott Byram)
12. From stone pavement to temple - Ritual structures from Wet contexts in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands (Wijnand van der Sanden)
13. North Eurpoean Bronzes, Rock Art and Wetlands: Looking for context and relations: A preliminary study (John Coles)
14. South Scandinavian Wetland Sites and Finds from the Mesolithic and the Neolithic (Lars Larsson)
15. Realizing the Archaeological potential of the Scottish peatlands: recent work in the Carse of Stirling, Scotland (Clare Ellis)
16. Medieval children coffins of Quimper (French Brittany) (Anne Dietrich and Veronique Gallien)
17. Neolithic watercraft: evidence from northern Greek wetlands (Christina Marangou)
18. Reconstruction of the woody vegetation at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Dead Sea Rift, Israel (Ella Werker and Naama Goren-Inbar)
19. Ancient wooden objects and structures in Oxbow peat bogs of the European Northeast (Russia) (Grigory M. Burov)
20. Perishable technologies and invisible people: nets, baskets and "Venus" wear ca 26,000 BP (O. Soffer, J.M. Adovasio and D. C. Hyland)
21. The conservation of Wetland Archaeological sites in New|ealand/ Aotearoa (Dilys A. Johns)
22. Wetlands and ARchaeology: The Role of Ecosystem Structure and Function (Thomas L. Crisman, Ulrike A.M. Crisman, and Joseph Prenger)
23. Wet sites, wetland sites and cultural resource management strategies (George P. Nicholas)
24. Repeated water table lowering in the Dutch delta: a major challenge to the archaeological heritage management of pre- and protohistoric wetlands (Robert Van Heeringen and Liesveth Theunissen)
25. Science-based conservation and management in wetland archaeology: the eample of Sutton Common, UK (Robert Van de Noort, Henry Chapman and James Cheetham)
26. Wetland archaeology on the edge: recent research into the nature of landscape development and settlement on the western margines of the European plain (Malcolm Lillie and Henry Chapman)
27. On the conservation of Ships with PEG: the Bremen Cog and beyond (Per Hoffman)

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