Maritime Archaeology: A Reader of Substantive and Theoretical Contributions / Edition 1

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This unique text presents a variety of writings discussing the spectrum of theory and practice in maritime archaeology from its beginnings in the late 1940s to the early 1990s. It is the first such comprehensive reference available, covering the field's history, approaches to fieldwork, technical developments, and areal bibliographies. Notable attention is given to the scientific method in two classic chapters by Platt and Chamberlin, augmented by flow charts and examples. Comparative readings explore the differing views of academics, amateurs, and treasure hunters on the contentious subject of underwater resources. Students will find no more complete introduction to the subject.

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A collection of writings from lectures, academic papers, and journal articles on theory and practice of maritime archaeology, covering the period from the field's inception in the late 1940s to the present. Articles encompass different styles and methodologies of archaeological practice, and describe progress in the technology of diving and excavation over the decade. Some articles reflect the long- standing rivalry between commercial salvors and archaeologists, and some reveal contributions to the field from amateurs and treasure- hunters. For students, professionals, and hobbyists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306453311
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Series in Underwater Archaeology
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

The Field: Underwater Archaeology: The Fos Underwater Excavations; R. Baucaire. The Secular Debate: Underwater Archaeology, European Versus American; J.L. Shiner. Ethics and the Great Debate: The World's Worst Investment: The Economics of Treasure Hunting with Real-Life Comparisons; P. Throckmorton. Areal Studies: The Mediterranean: Bibliography. Northern Europe: Bibliography. The Caribbean: Bibliography. The Pacific Rim: Current Status of Underwater Archaeology in Malaysia; A.H. Taha. The Arabic World: Bibliography. Africa: Bibliography. Research Design: Hypotheses Building: Theory: Finding Sites: Site Location Factors: Site Formation Processes: Survey Methodology: High Technology: History of Going Underwater: Magnetometer: Sonar: Mapping and Recording: Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV): Site Significance: Significance: Specific Criteria: Data Recovery: Pre-Excavation Recording: Sampling: Extreme Date Recovery Conditions: Conservation: Interpretation and Exhibition: Interpretation: Exhibition: 44 Additional Articles. Appendices: Archaeological Organizations and Journals. General Bibliographical Sources for 17th Through 19th Centuries. Index.

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