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By Paul Rainbird

Archaeologists have regularly thought of islands as specific actual and social entities. during this publication, Paul Rainbird discusses the ancient development of this characterization and questions the foundation for such an knowing of island archaeology. via a chain of case reports of prehistoric archaeology within the Mediterranean, Pacific, Baltic, and Atlantic seas and oceans, he argues for a decentering of the land in want of an emphasis at the archaeology of the ocean and, finally, a brand new viewpoint at the making of maritime groups. The archaeology of islands is therefore unshackled from methods that spotlight boundedness and isolation, and changed with a brand new set of ideas - that obstacles are fuzzy, islanders are exact of their expectation of contacts with humans from over the seas, and that island lifestyles can let us know a lot approximately maritime groups. Debating islands, therefore, brings to the fore problems with identification and neighborhood and a priority with Western building of different peoples.

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