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date: 14 October 2019

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This chapter examines the image of wetland archaeology in the media and popular literature. It describes the ambiguous perceptions about wetland archaeology – hardly valued as a fruitful field of research and often seen as a specific thematic approach, apparently disconnected from all the various concerns of archaeology and anthropology. The chapter considers the lake-dwelling myth, which froze the research agenda of wetland archaeology, focusing minds on a rather simplistic issue to the detriment of other more productive, and meaningful problematics. It also discusses the overspecialization and narrow ambitions of wetland archaeology.

Keywords: wetland archaeology, public image, media coverage, popular culture, lake-dwelling myth

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