Archaeology and the Social History of Ships

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-04-29
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Maritime archaeology deals with shipwrecks and is carried out by divers rather than diggers..It embraces maritime history and analyzes changes in ship-building, navigation, and seamanship, and offers fresh perspectives on the cultures and societies that produced the ships and sailors. Drawing on detailed past and recent case studies, Richard A. Gould provides an up-to-date review of the field that includes dramatic new findings arising from improved undersea technologies. This second edition of Archaeology and the Social History of Ships has been updated throughout to reflect new findings and new interpretations of old sites. The new edition explores advances in undersea technology in archaeology, especially remotely operated vehicles. The book reviews many of the major recent shipwreck findings, including the Vasa in Stockholm, the Viking wrecks at Roskilde Fjord, and the Titanic.

Author Biography

Richard A. Gould is emeritus professor of anthropology at Brown University. In addition to writing articles for numerous journals, including American Antiquity and The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, he has contributed to several edited volumes, among them Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology and The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. He is the author or editor of 12 books, including Disaster Archaeology, Recovering the Past, Shipwreck Anthropology, and Living Archaeology.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Toward a higher standardp. 1
Interpreting the underwater archaeological recordp. 9
Underwater archaeology: The state of the artp. 25
Ships and shipwrecks: Basic mechanicsp. 63
The archaeology of small watercraftp. 91
The earliest shipsp. 121
Shipwrecks and our understanding of ancient tradep. 151
Sailing ships of the Middle Agesp. 171
Ships of the great age of sailp. 209
From sail to steam in maritime commercep. 248
New technologies and naval warfarep. 281
The archaeology of maritime infrastructurep. 319
The future of shipwreck archaeologyp. 336
References citedp. 357
General indexp. 379
Ship and site indexp. 385
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