Maritime archaeology, the study of man's early encounter with the rivers and seas of the world, only came to the fore in the last decades of the twentieth century, long after its parent discipline, terrestrial archaeology, had been established. Yet there were seamen long before there were farmers, navigators before there were potters, and boatbuilders before there were wainwrights. In this book Professor McGrail attempts to correct some of the imbalance in our
knowledge of the past by presenting the evidence for the building and use of early water transport: rafts, boats, and ships.
`Review from previous edition Sean McGrail is Britain's leading authority on maritime archaeology . . . Here he provides a substantial base for the integration of the maritime subdivisions of archaeology into its proper place as part of the mainstream of the discipline.'
Times Literary Supplement
`As a general introduction to early watercraft the book is a pioneer effort . . . McGrail has assembled a huge amount of material which is handled in a clear and systematic way.'
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
`Boats of the World is a true tour de force by Professor Sean McGrail, a world authority in the field of maritime archaeology.'
`A superb, long-awaited book, of unique methodological richness, incorporating the latest research.'
1: Sources and Themes
4: The Mediterranean
5: Atlantic Europe
7: Greater Australia
8: South-East Asia
11: The Americas
12: Early Water Transport
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 1st February 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.31 x 21.59
Weight (kg): 1.79