CFP: Wetland Archaeology and Movement

We have received from the following calls for papers from Andrea Vianello:

I am co-organising two sessions – one was not enough – that will be held at the forthcoming sixth World Archaeological Congress, WAC-6 Congress. Both sessions are registered under the theme “Wetland Archaeology Across the World”. They are organised together with Ingelise Stuijts, Nora Bermingham and Claire Anderson; I will be the main organiser of the second one. The closing date for proposing papers is 22nd February 2008. See below for some more details.

Wetland archaeology and movement I: travel, trackways and platforms in bogs, mires and marshes

Organisers: Ingelise Stuijts; Andrea Vianello; and Nora Bermingham

Rivers, lakes, bogs, mires, estuaries and flooded areas all offered opportunities for people in the past to move, explore, exchange, and to exploit. Wetlands were geographical and mental spaces that offered many opportunities for the use of natural resources (marine saltworks, peatlands, river estuaries etc.) the social and economic advantages (trade and transport benefits offered by areas where water and land meet) and the political and mental boundaries/barriers that wetlands can become. People often constructed wooden and stone trackways and platforms to enable activities at the edge of wetlands; to cross these watery obstacles and barriers in space and to enter into the wetlands themselves, to inhabit, use and dwell amidst them or even to deposit things and objects in liminal spaces. The archaeological investigation of wetlands across the world has led to the discovery of well-preserved trackways and platforms that were both practical constructions, monuments to communal endeavour and a means of enculturing wet and wild spaces. Many wetland archaeological projects around the world have used a range of archaeological and scientific methods and approaches to tap the widest range of evidence for the chronology, function, role and influence of movement in people’s lives.

The chronological boundaries for this session include all ancient and pre-industrial societies from around the world. Contributors should focus on the communication networks structured around marshlands, rivers and bogs and demonstrate how multidisciplinary projects can tackle how people interacted with these wet environments.

We welcome contributions from specialists in all disciplines.

Wetland archaeology and movement II: travel and communications along waterways

Organisers: Andrea Vianello; Ingelise Stuijts; and Claire Anderson

Water continuously moves. And so do humans, often seeking water or travelling on it. This session aims at exploring the intriguing relationship between water and the movement of people in antiquity. Specifically, we are curious about the movements of people along waterways within wider landscapes. Barry Cunliffe in his book ‘Facing the Ocean’ (2001, Oxford University Press) has clearly demonstrated that the combination of coastal and fluvial networks had comparable effects in both Western Europe and Mediterranean. Archaeologists have demonstrated interest in European wetlands, Mediterranean seascapes and other major waterways around the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, but there is the need to look at how water systems were integrated, or why they were not integrated, within patterns of movement and travel.

The chronological boundaries for this session include all ancient and pre-industrial societies around the world. Contributors should focus on communications networks.

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