Beneath the Seven Seas

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Firsthand accounts from around the world of more than forty of the most important shipwreck and sunken-city projects ever undertaken.

From the Pacific to the Mediterranean, from the Caribbean to the Red Sea, from northern Europe and the northern United States to the Indian Ocean, archaeologists vividly describe shipwrecks from centuries past, from the oldest and deepest ever excavated to the remains of battles in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II.

Readers will dive nearly 200 feet with Cemal Pulak on a royal ship that sank over 3,300 years ago off the Aegean coast of Turkey, and explore with Donny Hamilton the streets and houses of the richest English colony in the New World, the infamous pirate stronghold of Port Royal, Jamaica, swallowed by the sea in 1692. They will accompany famed undersea explorer Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, as he and Cheryl Ward search for shipwrecks in the deep, oxygen-free waters of the Black Sea. They will wade with archaeologist Fred Hocker through mud along the bank of a South Carolina river, and then sail through a gale with Susan Womer Katzev on a full-scale replica of the best-preserved ancient Greek ship yet raised from the depths of the Mediterranean.

The book describes the tragic loss, within sight of their loved ones, of seamen returning home to Portugal in 1606, at the end of a two-year voyage to the East on the Nossa Senhora dos Martires, and then describes the fate of the crew of another Portuguese ship, the Santo Antonio de Tanna, which sank off Mombasa, Kenya, while trying to lift the siege of Fort Jesus by Omani Arabs in 1697. It describes the foods, games,weapons, tools, and grooming implements on a ship sailed by Bulgarian merchants around AD 1025, carrying as cargo the largest known collections of medieval Islamic glass and glazed pottery. 350 color illustrations.
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Library Journal
Bass (emeritus, Texas A&M Univ.; Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas) is a pioneer in the field of nautical archaeology. The first person to fully excavate an ancient shipwreck on the seabed, and founder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), he brings together in this handsomely illustrated book accounts by many distinguished archaeologists associated with the INA. They tell of the discovery, excavation, and preservation of more than 40 shipwrecks-and one sunken city-the world over, from ancient times through the Byzantine, medieval, and Renaissance eras and on through World War II. The shipwrecks featured range from an ancient Sea of Galilee fishing boat to the Titanic and a D-day landing craft. The sunken city is Port Royal, Jamaica, engulfed in 1692. Each narrative, rich in detail and insight, covers the planning, execution, and significance of the project and the meticulous work carried out at the site and with the excavated objects afterward. The color photography includes magnificent deep-sea shots as well as closeups of recovered artifacts. The text is framed by Bass's introduction to each chronological section, giving historical context and the significance of the excavation. A work about reconstructing, and sometimes rewriting history through nautical archaeology, this book will appeal to general readers and specialists alike in nautical archaeology. Strongly recommended.-Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500051368
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/19/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 614,552
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

George F. Bass was the first person to excavate an ancient ship in its entirety on the seabed. Since 1960 he has excavated Bronze Age, Classical Greek, and Byzantine wrecks. Founder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University. His books include Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas.
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Table of Contents

Contributors 8
Introduction: Reclaiming Lost History from Beneath the Seven Seas 10
The Oldest Wrecks
Introduction 28
An Enigma at Devil Creek: Seytan Deresi, Turkey 31
Discovering a Royal Ship from the Age of King Tut: Uluburun, Turkey 34
Cargo from the Age of Bronze: Cape Gelidonya, Turkey 48
Ancient Greek Wrecks
Introduction 56
An Archaic Ship finally Reaches Port: Pabuc Burnu, Turkey 59
A Wreck from the Golden Age of Greece: Tektas Burnu, Turkey 64
Resurrecting an Ancient Greek Ship: Kyrenia, Cyprus 72
Saturation Diving for Archaeology: La Secca di Capistello, Italy 80
Digging into an Avalanche: The Hellenistic Wreck at Serce Limann, Turkey 82
Roman And Byzantine Wrecks
Introduction 86
Modeling the Fishing Boat from the Sea of Galilee, Israel 89
The Ship of Georgios, Priest and Sea Captain: Yassiada, Turkey 92
The Graveyard of Ships: Tantura Lagoon, Israel 98
Sampling a Byzantine Vintage: Bozburun, Turkey 100
Solving a Million-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle: Serce Limani, Turkey 106
A 13th-Century Wine Carrier: Camalti Burnu, Turkey 118
Searching for Deep-Water Ships in the Black Sea 124
Medieval And Renaissance Wrecks
Introduction 128
A 14th-Century Chinese Wreck: Shinan, Korea 131
A 15th-Century Cog in the Zuidersee: Almere, Netherlands 134
Pursuing Southeast Asian Wrecks: Ko Si Chang, Thailand 136
A Rare Ottoman Wreck: Yassiada, Turkey 138
Seventeenth-Century Wrecks
Introduction 142
Ship Archaeology in a Hay Field: Zuidersee, Netherlands 145
The Pepper Wreck: Nossa Senhora dos Martires, Lisbon, Portugal 148
A Tobacconist's Dream: The Pipe Wreck, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic 152
La Salle's Ship Belle: Matagorda Bay, Texas 156
Resurrecting "The Wickedest City in the World": Port Royal, Jamaica 164
The Tragedy of the Santo Antonio de Tanna: Mombasa, Kenya 172
Eighteenth-Century Wrecks
Introduction 180
Revisiting the Great Basses Reef, Sri Lanka 183
Chinese Porcelain for the Ottoman Court: Sadana Island, Egypt 186
The Clydesdale Plantation Vessel: Savannah River, South Carolina 192
Excavating the Colonial Privateer Defence: Penobscot Bay, Maine 194
From Collier to Troop Transport: The Betsy, Yorktown, Virginia 200
Tracing the Wreck of the Ten Sail: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 206
Wrecks of Modern Times
Introduction 210
Cleopatra's Barge: Kauai, Hawaii 213
A Horse-Powered Ferry: Burlington Bay, Lake Champlain 218
The Sidewheel Steamer Heroine: Red River, Oklahoma 220
The Denbigh, A Civil War Blockade Runner: Galveston, Texas 222
The Sailing Canal Boats of Lake Champlain 226
Mapping the "Unsinkable" Titanic 230
The Japanese Fleet in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia 238
Exploring D-Day Landing Craft: Normandy, France 242
Further Reading 246
Acknowledgments and Sponsors 250
Sources of Illustrations 252
Index 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006


    One of the better books on how wrecks are recovered and the financial needs to keep these projects going. Very good photo support.

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