Accepted Papers:

has pdf download Moving beyond the 'scape' to being in the (watery) world, wherever  

Authors:

Hannah Cobb (University of Manchester)
Jesse Ransley (University of Southampton)

Paper Short Abstract:

Through examples from present day Kerala, southern India, and from the islands of Mesolithic western Scotland, we demonstrate how in daily life, in being in the world, land and sea are always intermingled and always connected in a way that defies the simple notion of seascape or landscape.

Paper long abstract:

In seeking to replace traditional, stilted 'land vs water' views of the world with a more seamless perspective, the seascape is undoubtedly a useful heuristic concept. It moves us closer to addressing the fluid relationship that those who live and work on and around any body of water experience in reality. However in this paper we argue against the continued juxtaposition of land and sea in the development of the concept through the binary notions of landscape and seascape. Instead, drawing upon two very diverse, archaeological and anthropological examples, from the backwaters of present day Kerala, southern India, and from the island archipelagos of Mesolithic western Scotland, we propose a move away from the modern, Western need to atomise and categorise people's experience of the world as existing in a landscape or a seascape. Instead, through these examples, we demonstrate how in daily life, in being in the world, land and sea are always intermingled and always connected in a way that defies the simple realm of one 'scape' or the other.

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Seascape: anthropological and archaeological approaches to the human habitation of the sea