Maritime and Coastal Archaeological Landscape in Sicily-Italy: Understanding the Sea-Human-Landscape Relationship through the Study of the Ancient Maritime and Coastal Landscape

23rd November 2014

poster AAIADespite the fact that the global sea bed has been widely investigated and the coasts have been intensively exploited to allow for development in modern times, very little attention has been devoted to understanding ancient coastal and maritime landscapes. As a result, harbour location, maritime structures, landing places, infrastructure related to the waterfront and the ancient maritime and coastal landscape in Sicily are barely known. As a consequence, the maritime archaeological landscape and its evolution is often not considered as part of an archaeological investigation. This lack of knowledge about ancient maritime and coastal landscapes and their changes through the time has led to a poor understanding of the evolution of the territory of many coastal sites. My poster tries to fill these gaps by presenting the first results of my PhD research that is based on a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the ancient maritime and coastal landscape of Sicily, and its changes through time. I will demonstrate the potential of a multidisciplinary approach to understanding topography, site evolution and the landsea connection. The nature, chronology and processes of geomorphological changes on the costs of Sicilian cities will be considered, with some preliminary conclusions presented concerning the past maritime and coastal landscape of Sicily and subsequently on the relation between humans and the sea in the past. In conclusion, I will show how a better knowledge of ancient maritime and coastal landscape could help to plan and to better manage our coasts.

Citation for this poster:

Mazza, A. 2014 Maritime and Coastal Archaeological Landscape in Sicily-Italy: Understanding the Sea-Human-Landscape Relationship through the Study of the Ancient Maritime and Coastal Landscape. Poster Presented at the AAA/ASHA Annual Conference, 1-3 December, Cairns.

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