Paleoshorelines and Prehistory: An Investigation of Method

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CRC Press, Nov 12, 1991 - Social Science - 256 pages
Archaeologists have always been concerned with the relationship between the sites they study and the environments in which the sites are found. Since the end of the Pleistocene Era, sea levels have risen at least 120 meters, a factor that has considerable effect on many archaeological sites. Paleoshorelines and Prehistory: An Investigation of Method discusses the various processes that may affect coastal sites, or inland sites on shallow coastal plains, and presents a variety of methods that have been developed to reconstruct the shoreline at the time the sites were occupied. The focus of the chapters is on processes affecting coastal sites in the Americas, although the methods discussed are applicable to archaeologists worldwide.
The book will also guide archaeologists in designing surveys to discover site locations, whether these are now inland or underwater. All archaeologists and students in archaeology and geology will find a tremendous wealth of useful information in this remarkable volume.
 

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Contents

STABLE LAND
1
PALEOSHORELINES AND THE PREHISTORY
15
MAINLAND
53
PALEOSHORELINES AND THE SAMBAQUIS OF BRAZIL
83
UNDERWATER
101
INUNDATED PREHISTORIC SITES IN APALACHEE BAY
117
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147
PALEOSHORELINES AND PREHISTORIC SETTLEMENTS
171
MAINLAND
187
SPACE SHUTTLE IMAGERY OF RECENT CATASTROPHIC
215
CONCLUSION
237
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