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Title: Islands of the middle sea : an archaeology of a coastline
Authors: Gambin, Timmy
Keywords: Archaeology -- Malta
Underwater archaeology -- Malta
Harbors -- Malta -- History
Coast changes -- Malta
Malta -- Antiquities
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Rubbettino
Citation: Evolución paleoambiental de los puertos y fondeaderos antiguos en el Mediterráneo occidental : I Seminario : El patrimonio arqueológico submarino y los puertos antiguo, Alicante, 14-15 noviembre 2003 / editores, Lorenza De Maria y Rita Turchetti. Soveria Mannelli : Rubbettino, 2004. p. 127-146. 8849811144
Abstract: The paper presented here is part of a broader research project aimed at establishing the maritime role of the Maltese Islands during the Roman and Medieval periods. Initially, the original research agenda did not entail any environmental sampling. However as the various sources, including archaeological and historical were being reviewed it became apparent that in order to achieve the various objectives that were set environmental reconstruction would prove to be indispensable. The ANSER project provides the ideal platform for the presentation, discussion and preliminary review of data gathered and analysed. Primarily, because the first of the planned seminars deals specifically with past environments that existed within ancient ports and harbours. Secondly, because the ANSER seminars provide an excellent cross-section of research and work that is going on in the western Mediterranean. At this early stage it would be opportune to highlight a few general reasons as to why some archaeologists attempt to reconstruct past environments. Brown cites two important factors: a) the influence of the environment on human activity and b) the impact of past peoples on their landscape. He states that «it is the manipulation of natural resources that changes human environments and creates landscapes». Alongside land, plants, animals, soils and minerals Brown also lists water as an important resource. In this context water is probably listed as a resource for drinking, irrigation and fishing but one cannot exclude that access to navigable water can be considered an asset.
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