New developments in submerged prehistoric archaeology: an overview

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Title of host publicationPrehistoric Archaeology of the Continental Shelf
DatePublished - 2014
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationNew York
EditorsAmanda M. Evans, Joseph C. Flatman, Nicholas C. Flemming
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-1-4614-9634-2


Research on the archaeology of the continental shelf has made slow and intermittent progress over the past 40 years amidst an ongoing mood of scepticism in the wider scientific and archaeological community, but with a marked acceleration of interest and investment of new resources during the past decade. The chapters in this volume demonstrate that relevant evidence is now being retrieved and systematically examined across the world in all the major continents and in deeper as well as shallower water, and that new ideas and new data are now providing the momentum for future development. This chapter draws on examples from the other chapters in the volume to reflect on the history of developments in this field and the shifts in the climate of opinion that have led to increasing acceptance of its importance; the research questions that are now coming more clearly into focus and the directions they suggest for the future; and the challenges of developing purposeful strategies of exploration and discovery of new material.

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