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Francesco Menotti

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571017

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199571017.001.0001

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Wetland Archaeology in a Wider Context

Wetland Archaeology in a Wider Context

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Wetland Archaeology and Beyond

Francesco Menotti

Oxford University Press

This chapter puts wetland archaeology into a wider context, identifying its weaknesses as well as its potentials. It argues that wetland sites have been difficult to integrate into mainstream archaeological understanding on a larger scale due to a number of factors, ranging from a too environmentally deterministic approach, to the total lack of a solid body of theory. This resulted not only in the exclusion of crucial sites from a wider archaeological context, but in some countries (especially in the Anglophone world) in the complete isolation of wetland archaeology as academic discipline. However, processes of integration and reintegration, or simply a better appreciation of wetland archaeology, have begun, and positive results are already part of the rich archaeological literature.

Keywords:   wetland archaeology, archaeological research, wetland sites

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