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Maritime Archaeology : New Studies in Archaeology - Keith Muckelroy

Maritime Archaeology

New Studies in Archaeology

Paperback Published: 2nd April 1979
ISBN: 9780521293488
Number Of Pages: 284

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Maritime archaeology - the scientific investigation of the relics of past ships and seafaring - has come into being as a distinctive sub-discipline of archaeology only since the wartime invention of the aqualung. It is now time to take stock of what has been, and can be, achieved and to indicate ways forward for the future. In this book Keith Muckleroy sets out to define maritime archaeology, highlighting, on the one hand, factors that are unique to working under water and, on the other, problems of interpretation and method that are shared with its parent discipline archaeology. If responsible research is to replace the treasure-hunting and sensationalism of recent decades, it is vital that its aims and objectives should be well defined, and that they should be fully integrated into the planning of underwater investigations. This is made even more urgent by the inevitable expense and difficulty of fieldwork. Although this is not intended to be a comprehensive practical manual, theoretical discussion is firmly rooted throughout in the author's own experience as a diving archaeologist. Many of the numerous photographs with which the book is illustrated come from sites investigated by himself and his colleagues, giving the account an immediacy which will appeal both to divers and non-divers, to archaeologists of all types, and to anyone interested in our maritime past.

The Scope of Maritime Archaeology
Introducing maritime archaeology
General introduction and definitions
The development of maritime archaeology
Summary and prospectus
The constraints of work under water
The organisation of work under water
Some problems in work under water
The advantages of excavation under water
The contribution of current work under water
Mediterranean shipbuilding in classical times
Mediterranean trade in pre-classical and classical times
Early Mediterranean harbours
Ships of the early medieval period in north-west Europe
Post-medieval ship construction
The Spanish Armada
The expansion of Europe, sixteenth to nineteenth centuries
The annexation of the new world
Navigational instruments
The unrealised potential of maritime archaeology
Prehistoric craft
Medieval shipbuilding in north-west Europe
Shipbuilding in Asia
Inland craft
Pre-1500 trade outside the Mediterranean
Anchors and anchorages
Deep-water archaeology
Towards a Theory of Maritime Archaeology
The archaeology of shipwrecks
Wreck-sites and their environments
Extracting filters
Scrambling devices A
Scrambling devices B
The analysis of sea-bed distributions A
The analysis of sea-bed distributions B
The archaeology of ships
The ship as a machine
The ship as an element in a military or economic system
The ship as a closed community
The archaeology of maritime cultures
Nautical technology
Naval warfare and maritime trade
Shipboard societies
Incidental contributions to archaeology in general
Theory and Practice
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ISBN: 9780521293488
ISBN-10: 0521293480
Series: New Studies in Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 2nd April 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.61 x 18.9  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.51

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