Coles (1998) has begun this process with her recent review of Doggerland in the North Sea Basin. This work also re-focused archaeological attention upon the potential of so-called ‘land bridges’ to act as habitable landscapes. Following earlier works (Reid 1913; Clark 1936), Coles (1998, 45) emphasised the importance of perceiving land as a place to be, considering its significance to contemporary populations and the implications of its loss. This approach contrasts with Jacobi (1976), who focused upon the role of the North Sea land as a link between Britain and continental Europe during the earlier Mesolithic.
This research combines Coles' (1998) approach to the North Sea Basin with Jacobi’s (1976) ‘land as link’ framework, and the concerns of coastal zone archaeology (assessment, management and investigation of the archaeological resource). It therefore seeks to follow the middle ground adopted by Wymer (1991), who highlighted the North Sea plain as both a land corridor and a place in which to live.
REFERENCESClark J G D,1936. The Mesolithic Settlement of Northern Europe. Cambridge, Cambridge University PressMuch of the text of this page is derived from the draft paper prepared by Dr R Hosfield during Phase One of this project.
Coles B J, 1998. Doggerland: a speculative survey. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 64, 45-81
Jacobi R M, 1976. Britain inside and outside Mesolithic Europe. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 42, 67-84
Long A J & D H Roberts, 1997. Sea-level change. In: M Fulford, T Champion & A Long (eds). England’s Coastal Heritage. 25-49. London, English Heritage
Reid C, 1913. Submerged Forests. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Wymer J J, 1991. Mesolithic Britain. Princes Risborough, Shire Archaeology
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