Archaeology and the Social History of Ships

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 2011 - Social Science
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Maritime archaeology deals with shipwrecks and is carried out by divers rather than diggers. It embraces maritime history and analyses changes in shipbuilding, 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.
 

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Contents

Toward a higher standard
1
Interpreting the underwater archaeological record
9
The state of the art
25
Basic mechanics
63
The archaeology of small watercraft
91
The earliest ships
121
Shipwrecks and our understanding of ancient trade
151
Sailing ships of the Middle Ages
171
From sail to steam in maritime commerce
248
New technologies and naval warfare
281
The archaeology of maritime infrastructure
319
The future of shipwreck archaeology
336
References cited
357
General index
379
Ship and site index
385
Copyright

Ships of the great age of sail
209

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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 the Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology and The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. He is the author of twelve books, including Disaster Archaeology, Recovering the Past, Shipwreck Anthropology and Living Archaeology.

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