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By Robert Van de Noort

This cutting edge learn deals an updated research of the archaeology of the North Sea. Robert Van de Noort strains the best way humans engaged with the North Sea from the top of the final ice age, round 10,000 BC, to the shut of the center a long time, approximately advert 1500. Van de Noort attracts upon archaeological learn from many nations, together with the united kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and France, and addresses subject matters which come with the 1st interactions of individuals with the rising North Sea, the foundation and improvement of fishing, the construction of coastal landscapes, the significance of islands and archipelagos, the advance of seafaring ships and their use via early seafarers and pirates, and the remedies of boats and ships on the finish in their beneficial lives.

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The red deer had thus been understood to have other-than-human agency, and some of this agency was transferred onto the human body, creating hybridities that transgressed the dialectic nature–culture divide. If there was no clear separation between the realms of nature and culture, or if people’s perception of a blurred boundary between nature and culture existed in the case of (specific) non-human animals, can we now also consider a hybridity of landscapes and seascapes, where other-than-human agency can be attributed to non-human and even non-animal elements in the landscape, and to particular landforms?

The suffix -schap or -scap means skill or ability; it survives, for example, in the word ambachtschap, or in its English translation workmanship and craftsmanship, and in the German Wirtschaft, meaning economy (cf. Van de Noort and O’Sullivan 2007). Thus, the original meaning of the word ‘landscape’ was the perception of the ability to live in, on, and off the land. g. Descola 2005: 91–131). The new genre of landscape paintings was produced principally for the nouveaux riche, who invested their earnings from manufacture and trade in land.

These themes have been organized in five parts: an introductory part (chapters 1 and 2), ‘the sea’ (chapters 3 and 4), ‘coasts and islands’ (chapters 5 and 6), ‘boats’ (chapters 7 to 9) and a concluding part (chapter 10). Chapter 2, ‘An archaeological theory of the sea’, sets out the theoretical considerations that form the basis for subsequent discussions. It considers how concepts such as landscape and seascape can help focus our attention in investigating aspects of human behaviour that have been, to varying extents, Introduction 19 disregarded, overlooked, or ignored in terrestrial contexts.

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