Do Ships Shape the Shore? An Analysis of the Credibility of Ship Archaeological Evidence for Landing Site Morphology in the Baltic Sea

Kristin Ilves

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Abstract

In the context of the development of different kinds of watercraft during prehistory an interdependent line of development for landing sites and harbours is often suggested, and used to argue that it is almost impossible archaeologically to locate small and early landing sites. Although the constructional properties of prehistoric watercraft suggest that landing-structures were not absolutely necessary, there is nevertheless archaeological evidence of landing-facilities from the Stone Age, as well as landing-facilities for smaller boats to consider. This article will discuss to what extent ship archaeological evidence could be seen in a corresponding development to landing sites in its respective periods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-105
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Volume41
Issue number1
Early online date17 Feb 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • ship archaeology
  • maritime archaeology
  • teleology
  • landing sites
  • harbours
  • Baltic Sea region

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