Human-sea relations are important factors in past and present human evolution. Discussions about these relations have ranged from shellfish gathering at beaches to the elaboration of technological, social and cognitive systems for marine foraging. The role of the marine environment is now seen as a primary factor in the understanding of social complexity. Archaeological data and methods are uniquely placed to produce interesting perspectives about human adaptations to the sea through global and local dimensions, geological, archaeological and ethnographic timescales, and empirical studies of cultural practice.
This volume brings together an international collection of papers in which human-sea relations are analyzed through various temporal and spatial scales. The themes covered include initial developments and further elaboration of marine foraging, technological and logistical implications of travelling by sea, interrelations between social and cognitive systems, settlement patterns and subsistence of marine hunter-gatherers, landscape archaeology and palaeogeographic models and the role of marine resources in human-sea relations. This volume will be of interest to students, archaeologists and researchers from related disciplines..
Chapter 1 is freely available here
Published: Nov 1, 2016
Overall, this volume contains a plethora of useful information on maritime adaptation in different regions, including southernmost South America, which remains relatively poorly known to international scholarly audiences. The collection is richly illustrated, and the lists of references in several languages provide a valuable resource for further in-depth study. The wide chronological coverage -- from the Upper Palaeolithic to the early modern period -- will also attract a range of readers.
This book contains a very impressive range of archaeological evidence relating to coastal and maritime communities from a range of geographic regions and across a broad chronological time frame. The book contains a plethora of primary evidence presented in an accessible format. As such, this book will be of real value to both those with a special interest in Maritime landscapes as well as students, archaeologists and researchers from related disciplines. I tend to avoid edited conference proceedings, comprised of multiple short chapters constructed around a central theme, as brevity is frequently achieved at the expense of detail. However, in this instance I have been proved wholly wrong in my assessment. This volume is outstanding and will be a standard reference to human marine entanglements for many years to come.
Norwegian Archaeological Review