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New Maritime Archaeological Research Agenda Published

Published: 8 March 2013
People and the Sea

People and the Sea: A Maritime Archaeological Research Agenda for England. Edited by J Ransley and F Sturt, with J Dix, J Adams and L Blue. Council for British Archaeology, Research Reports 171.

Britain is a maritime nation. Thus understanding the changing record of people’s relationships with, and use of, the sea is key to interpreting the archaeological record. People and the Sea considers all aspects of our maritime heritage, from the submerged landscapes created by changes in sea-level over the last million years, to the physical development of the modern coastline, through ports, their hinterlands, and associates maritime communities. It investigates the nature of seafaring and its associated material culture as well as people’s changing perceptions and interactions with the sea. Chronological chapters, from the Palaeolithic to the twentieth century, all consider key themes, exploring both the current state of our knowledge and priorities for future research. While the focus is on England, the themes explored are applicable to any coastal community, both in the UK and the near Continent. Written by leading academics, in consultation with numerous specialists, People and the Sea, provides an unrivalled exploration of our maritime heritage and sets a challenging agenda for future research.

Notes for editors

Developed and edited by members of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, and funded by English Heritage, this book is the first of its kind in the UK.

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