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Hidden Dimensions

The Cultural Significance of Wetland Archaeology

Hidden Dimensions is a collection of essays drawn from papers presented at an international conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in April 1995. Scholars from around the globe examine several aspects of wetland archaeology in North America, Mexico, Europe, eastern Siberia, and New Zealand. Some of the essays in this volume explore environmental and historical contexts of wet-sites as well as past human adaptation to wetland environments. Others concentrate on the contributions of wetland archaeology to reconstructions of cultural history and the interpretation of unique perishable materials. In addition to discussions on the dynamic nature of wetlands and concern about the future of the cultural resources they contain, the authors look at practical issues of land management and object conservation. In Hidden Dimensions the authors seek to raise awareness of the significance of wetland archaeology issues at a time when wetlands around the globe are rapidly shrinking and their cultural contents are at risk of disappearing.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction / Kathryn Bernick

Part 1: Wetland World-Views

Wetland Worlds and the Past Preserved / J.M. Coles

Prehistoric Wetland Sites in Sweden / Lars Larsson

Wetland Archaeological Sites in Aotearoa (New Zealand) Prehistory / Cathryn Barr

Wetlands-Associated Sites on the Russian Far East: A Review of Environment, Chronology, and Paleoeconomy / Yaroslav V. Kuzmin

Wetlands and Hunter-Gatherer Land Use in North America / George P. Nicholas

Part 2: Wet-Site Perspectives, Past and Present

The Importance of the Biskupin Wet Site for Twentieth-Century Polish Archaeology / Wojciech Piotrowski

Ancient Maya Use of Wetlands in Northern Quintana Roo, Mexico / Scott L. Fedick

The Death of the Wildwood and the Birth of Woodmanship in Southeast England / D.M. Goodburn

Stylistic Characteristics of Basketry from Coast Salish Area Wet Sites / Kathryn Bernick

The Boston Back Bay Fish Weirs / Elena B. Décima and Dena F. Dincauze

Part 3: Fishing Technologies on the Northwest Coast

A Comparative Chronology of Northwest Coast Fishing Features / Madonna L. Moss and Jon M. Erlandson

Fishing Weirs in Oregon Coast Estuaries / Scott Byram

Wet-Site Contributions to Developmental Models of Fraser River Fishing Technology / Ann Stevenson

The Montana Creek Fish Trap I: Archaeological Investigations in Southeast Alaska / Robert C. Betts

The Montana Creek Fish Trap II: Stratigraphic Interpretation in the Context of Southeast Alaska Geomorphology / Greg Chaney

Part 4: Preservation and Conservation in Practice

Essex Fish Traps and Fisheries: An Integrated Approach to Survey, Recording, and Manag

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