Cultural biographies, cognitive landscapes and dirty old bits of boat:‘theory’ in maritime archaeology

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Advances in the use of archaeological theory by maritime archaeologists are proposed after a brief review of recent literature on the subject. A disparity in theoretical discussion between maritime and‘mainstream’ archaeology is noted and reasons for this discussed, before two areas are explored where mutual advances might be made: an‘engendered’ maritime archaeology and‘Marxist’ perspectives. The paper concludes by considering the development of specific theoretical approaches unique to the maritime sphere.

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