Submerged Prehistory in the North Sea

Antony Firth

in The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195375176
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Submerged Prehistory in the North Sea

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This article looks at the prehistory of the North Sea. The North Sea has a long human history and is geographically extensive. This article gives information about artifacts excavated from coastal exposures, dating back to 700,000 years. It describes the model used to study submerged prehistoric contexts in the North Sea. Marine aggregates play a central role in the investigation of submerged prehistory. The submerged river gravels are considered to be of high potential for prehistoric archaeology, which establishes a direct relationship between submerged prehistory and marine aggregate dredging. This article also explains the theory of Doggerland and its conception. Despite a small number of archaeological sites in the North Sea, recent technological developments have had a big effect with respect to data quality, position-fixing, processing, and presentation.

Keywords: submerged prehistory; coastal exposures; marine aggregates; prehistoric archaeology; marine aggregate dredging; archaeological sites

Article.  10355 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Prehistoric Archaeology ; Underwater Archaeology

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