• ship archaeology;
  • maritime archaeology;
  • teleology;
  • landing sites;
  • harbours;
  • Baltic Sea region

In the context of the development of different kinds of watercraft during prehistory an interdependent line of development for landing sites and harbours is often suggested, and used to argue that it is almost impossible archaeologically to locate small and early landing sites. Although the constructional properties of prehistoric watercraft suggest that landing-structures were not absolutely necessary, there is nevertheless archaeological evidence of landing-facilities from the Stone Age, as well as landing-facilities for smaller boats to consider. This article will discuss to what extent ship archaeological evidence could be seen in a corresponding development to landing sites in its respective periods.

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