Session: #144

Theme & Session Format

1. Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

The Ever Changing Coast: Interactions of People, Landscapes and Environment along Europe’s Seas in High-Resolution
Our ability to understand human development along the coastlines of Europe is dramatically improving, both above and below the present sea level. Recent advances are based on improved understanding of past climate change, extreme events, biosphere interactions, and include precise records of sea-level variation since the last glacial period. These fast-developing records of key components of the Earth system have huge potential for improving our understanding of gradual changes, abrupt shifts and resilience in coastal societies from local to continental scales.

In this session, we invite contributions focusing on human-environment interactions along the changing shores of Europe’s seas and lakes. Archaeological periods can range from Paleolithic to Modern, while scales can range from single site investigations to regional and continent-wide studies. Both marine-based and on-shore studies are welcomed.

Of particular interest are studies of coastal landscapes and archaeology using one or a combination of methods to investigate the human-environment interconnections. Examples are high-definition dating (radiocarbon, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), geo-archaeology (coring, soil science, sedimentology), archaeological databases, geophysical mapping both on-shore and off shore (seismic, GPR, magnetic and electrical methods), and upscaling these using paleo-landscape modelling and remote sensing (lidar, aerial photography, optical and radar satellite data) approaches. Invited archaeological investigations can be both above and below the present sea level as long as they provide new knowledge of relevance for both the environment and humans living along the ever changing coasts of Europe.
Landscape, Climate change, Coastal communities, Sea level rise, Resilience, Human-environment interactions
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Main organiser:
Søren Kristiansen (Denmark) 1,2
Arne Stamness (Norway) 3
Jeroen Verhegge (Belgium) 4
1. Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
2. Center of Urban Network Evolution (UrbNet), Aarhus University, Denmark
3. Norwegian University of Science and Technology The NTNU University Museum Department of Archaeology and Cultural History 7491 Trondheim, Norway
4. Department of Archaeology, Ghent University, Belgium