Coastal Landscapes of the Mesolithic: Human Engagement with the Coast from the Atlantic to the Baltic Sea, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Coastal Landscapes of the Mesolithic

Human Engagement with the Coast from the Atlantic to the Baltic Sea, 1st Edition

Edited by Almut Schülke


432 pages | 117 B/W Illus.

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Coastal Landscapes of the Mesolithic: Human Engagement with the Coast from the Atlantic to the Baltic Sea explores the character and significance of coastal landscapes in the Mesolithic – on different scales and with various theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.

Mesolithic people were strongly connected to the sea, with coastal areas being vital for subsistence and communication across the water. This anthology includes case studies from Scandinavia, Western Europe and the Baltic area presented by key international researchers. Topics addressed include large-scale analyses of the archaeological and geological development of coastal areas, the exploration of coastal environments with interdisciplinary methods, the discussion of the character of coastal settlements and of their possible networks, social and economic practices along the coast, as well as perceptions and cosmological aspects of coastal areas. Together, these topics and approaches contribute in an innovative way to the understanding of the complexity of topographically changing coastal areas as both border zones between land and sea and as connecting landscapes.

Providing novel insights into the study of the Mesolithic as well as coastal areas and landscapes in general, the book is an important resource for researchers of the Mesolithic and coastal archaeology.

Table of Contents

1. Coastal landscapes of the Mesolithic: Diversities, challenges and perspectives on human-coast-relations between the Atlantic and the Baltic Sea

Almut Schülke

Part I: The significance of coastal areas

2. The role of coastal exploitation in the Maglemose culture of southern Scandinavia – marginal or dominant?

Peter Moe Astrup

3. Mesolithic coastal landscapes: Demography, settlement patterns and subsistence economy in southeastern Norway

Steinar Solheim

4. " …they made no effort to explore the interior of the country…": Coastal Landscapes, Hunter-Gatherers and the Islands of Ireland.

Grame Warren & Kieran Westley

5. Transformations of coast and culture: a view from the Latvian shore of the Baltic.

Valdis Bērziņš

Part II: Coastal sites, mobility and networks

6. Diachronic trends among Early Mesolithic site types? A study from the coast of Central Norway

Heidi Mjelva Breivik

7. The Mesolithic coastal exploitation of western Scotland: The impacts of climate change and use of favoured locations

Steven Mithen, Karen Wicks & Inger Marie Berg-Hansen

8. Specialists facing climate change. The 8200 cal BP event and its impact on the coastal settlement in the inner Oslofjord, southeast Norway

Guro Fossum

9. Mesolithic networks of Atlantic France: the two faces of Brittany (7th and 6th millennia cal BC).

Grégor Marchand

Part III: The resources of the sea and beyond

10. Mesolithic fishing landscapes in Western Norway

Knut Andreas Bergsvik & Kenneth Ritchie

11. Resource management in Late Mesolithic Eastern Norway? Fishing in the coastal, interior and mountain areas and its socio-economic implications

Axel Mjærum/Anja Mansrud

12. Seals on the ice: Integrating Archaeology, zooarchaeology and isotopic studies to discuss some aspects on landscape use and subsistence choices in Stone Age coastal societies of the Baltic Sea

Aikaterini Glykou

13. The use of the Mesolithic coastal hinterland – an example from the palaeoecological investigations from Lake Skogstjern, Telemark, southeastern Norway

Magdalena Wieckowska-Lüth & Wiebke Kierleis

Part IV: The coastal zone – time depth, historicity and ritual practice

14. Nodal points in a Mesolithic mobile coastal world: monumental quarries in South Norway

Astrid Johanne Nyland

15. Newly frequented or revisited? Motivations of mobility and the use and re-use of sites in the changing coastal areas of Mesolithic southeastern Norway

Almut Schülke

16. Ritual depositions in the coastal zone – a case from Syltholm, Denmark

Søren Anker Sørensen

About the Editor

Almut Schülke is Associate Professor for Nordic Mesolithic and Neolithic Archaeology at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. Her research interests include the study of social space and mobility in coastal and other environments, ritual and depositional practices and burial archaeology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology