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Maritime Encounters

Research project

Short description

This project’s central aim is to fill persistent gaps, opened by recent studies based on archaeology and aDNA, to understand maritime dimensions of migration, mobility and exchange along the Atlantic façade from Norway to Iberia. We will investigate the evolution of prehistoric maritime technologies and navigational capabilities on seas, rivers and lakes, and their role in major migrations.

Research program Maritime Encounters

This project’s central aim is to fill persistent gaps, opened by recent studies based on archaeology and aDNA, to understand maritime dimensions of migration, mobility and exchange along the Atlantic façade from Norway to Iberia.

We will investigate the evolution of prehistoric maritime technologies and navigational capabilities on seas, rivers and lakes, and their role in major migrations, including:

  1. direct and indirect evidence for prehistoric boats and boat building, exploitation of marine resources;
  2. maritime and other water-based movements of humans, animals, lithics, metals, amber and other valuable raw materials;
  3. model ancient sea crossings and navigation using novel methods from oceanography;
  4. the contribution of indigenous knowledge and traditions to innovations at each stage and transitional episode;
  5. the respectively roles of  down-the-line versus direct long-distance contact in moving people, materials, ideas and languages.

News

The sea will be in focus in a new archaeological research program at the University of Gothenburg. "Boats, boat building, navigation and the importance of the sea as infrastructure in a long-term perspective", says Johan Ling, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Gothenburg who will lead and coordinate the research project.