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By Paul Rainbird

Archaeologists have typically thought of islands as exact actual and social entities. during this e-book, Paul Rainbird discusses the ancient development of this characterization and questions the foundation for such an knowing of island archaeology. via a sequence of case stories of prehistoric archaeology within the Mediterranean, Pacific, Baltic, and Atlantic seas and oceans, he argues for a decentering of the land in desire of an emphasis at the archaeology of the ocean and, eventually, a brand new viewpoint at the making of maritime groups. The archaeology of islands is hence unshackled from ways that spotlight boundedness and isolation, and changed with a brand new set of ideas - that barriers are fuzzy, islanders are distinct of their expectation of contacts with humans from over the seas, and that island existence can let us know a lot approximately maritime groups. Debating islands, therefore, brings to the fore problems with id and neighborhood and a priority with Western development of different peoples.

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