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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter presents the author's personal reflection on aspects of wetland archaeology that she has been involved with, and a brief glance to the future. She describes the origins and development of the Somerset Levels Project, which she co-directed with John Coles in the 1970s and 1980s. The demonstrable success of this project and the consequent establishment of the international network known as the Wetland Archaeology Research Project (WARP) helped bring wetland archaeology to a wider audience. The author emphasises some key themes and discusses some of her own work, on wooden figurines, on Doggerland – the lost land under the North Sea – and most recently on beavers, modest creatures that had a huge impact on the prehistoric environments of Europe. In conclusion, she looks to the future of wetland archaeology, stating that we need to ‘press on with research on the significance of wetlands for humans in the past, to contribute to current strategies for wetland preservation, and to develop a more stable relationship between people and water than exists at present’.

Keywords: wetland archaeology, women archaeologists, Somerset Levels Project, WARP, wooden figurines, beavers

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