Maritime Cultural Landscape (MCL)

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A landscape containing material and immaterial aspects of maritime culture.


The concept is used in a wide variety of meanings, to encompass all human remnants with a maritime nature, whether on land, under water, in the coastal or intertidal areas. For example, the maritime landscape includes aspects of economies, transport and resources, but also cognitive landscapes, for example in the form of place names. The concept encompasses material and immaterial aspects of the maritime culture.[1]

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Old and new maritime cultural landscape in Hanko, Finland. Copyright: S.Tikkanen.

  1. Christer Westerdahl 1992: "The maritime cultural landscape". The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (1992) 21.1: 5-14