A CHART OF THE NORTHERN SEAWAYS
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This book considers the importance of prehistoric rock art in ‘Atlantic Europe’ and so I must start the chapter by explaining what that term means. Where is Atlantic Europe? To all appearances it should comprise the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean extending from Iberia to Scandinavia. On this definition, it would follow the northern and western limits of the Continent but would exclude the North Sea and the Baltic. But in the archaeological literature the term is normally applied to a smaller area, and I shall follow that convention here. In this sense Atlantic Europe is the coastal region between the Straits of Gibraltar and the Shetland Islands. It includes the west of Portugal, northern and western Spain, the western parts of both France and Britain, and the whole of Ireland.