The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

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The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology is a comprehensive survey of the field as seen through the eyes of nearly fifty scholars at a time when maritime archaeology has established itself as a mature branch of archaeology. This volume draws on many of the distinct and universal aspects of maritime archaeology, bringing them together under four main themes: the research process, ships and shipwrecks, maritime and nautical culture, and issues of preservation and management.

The first section of the book deals with the best practices for locating, documenting, excavating, and analyzing submerged sites. This methodological foundation is followed by a sample of shipwreck studies from around the world as scholars trace the regional development of ships and seafaring. Chosen to balance the traditional core regions of maritime archaeology with important but lesser-studied areas, it aims at offering an international account of the study of submerged sites. Reflecting the growing number of scholars who study past maritime cultures, but not shipwrecks, the third section of the book addresses various aspects of the maritime landscape and ethnography above and below the water. The final chapters then approach maritime archaeology in a broader context, moving beyond archaeological sites to discuss the archaeological record in general within legal, preservation, and management frameworks.

Taken together, these individual and original articles provide a valuable resource that summarizes the current state of the field of maritime archaeology and offers insight into the future of this established and growing discipline.

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"This timely, wide-ranging text is well written, and its chapters form a coherent, integrated package exploring the full range of maritime archaeology topics. A key resource for the field that should be on the bookshelves of all seafarers and graduate students. Essential."—L.E. Babits, CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195375176
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 1240
  • Sales rank: 836,565
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexis Catsambis is Underwater Archaeologist, at Naval History & Heritage Command.

Ben Ford is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Donny L. Hamilton is Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University.

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Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION: The Development of Maritime Archaeology, George F. Bass

1. Defining a Ship: Architecture, Function, and Human Space, Patrice Pomey
2. Wreck-Site Formation Processes, Colin Martin
3. Acoustic Remote Sensing in Maritime Archaeology, Rory Quinn
4. Archaeological Interpretation of Marine Magnetic Data, Robert Gearhart
5. Search and Documentation of Underwater Archaeological Sites, Michael C. Tuttle
6. Excavation Planning and Logistics: The HMS Swift Project, Chris Underwood
7. Ship Reconstruction, Documentation, and In-Situ Recording, Yaacov Kahanov
8. Ships on Land, James P. Delgado
9. Deep-Submergence Archaeology, Shelley Wachsmann
10. Recent Advances in Post-Excavation Documentation, Reconstruction and Experimental Maritime Archaeology, Morten Ravn, Vibeke Bischoff, Anton Englert and Søren Nielsen
11. Shipwreck Reconstruction Based on the Archaeological Record: Mediterranean Whole-Moulding and Kitten Wreck Case Study, Kroum N. Batchvarov
12. Historical Naval Architecture Practices as a Guide to Shipwreck Reconstruction: The La Belle Example, Taras Pevny
13. The Archaeological Role of Conservation in Maritime Archaeology, Donny L. Hamilton and C. Wayne Smith
14. Virtual Reconstruction of Maritime Sites and Artifacts, Donald H. Sanders
15. A Digital Library Perspective: The Synthesis and Storage of Maritime Archaeological Data to Assist in Ship Perspective, Carlos Monroy, Filipe Castro, and Richard Furuta

16. Early Shipbuilding in the Eastern Mediterranean, Mark E. Polzer
17. The Maritime Archaeology of Greek and Roman Seafaring (450 BCE - 400 CE), Deborah N. Carlson
18. Mediterranean Ship Design in the Middle Ages, Eric Rieth
19. Medieval Ships and Seafaring, Susan Rose
20. Post-Medieval Ships and Seafaring in the West, Fred Hocker
21. Southern African Shipwreck Archaeology, Bruno E.J.S. Werz
22. The Red Sea, Lucy Blue
23. Maritime Archaeological Studies in India, Aniruddh S. Gaur and Kamlesh H. Vora
24. A Survey of East Asian Shipbuilding Traditions During the Era of Chinese Maritime Expansion, Randy Sasaki
25. Australian Maritime Archaeology, Mark Staniforth
26. Historic Period Ships of the Pacific Ocean, Hans K. Van Tilburg
27. The Archaeology of Steamships, Kevin Crisman
28. Caribbean Maritime Archaeology, Margaret Leshikar-Denton
29. Maritime Archaeology of the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Archaeology from the Age of Exploration to the Twilight of Sail, Amy Borgens
30. Shipwreck Archaeology in South America, Dolores Elkin
31. Underwater Archaeology of the World Wars, Robert S. Neyland

32. The Maritime Cultural Landscape, Christer Westerdahl
33. Coastal Archaeology, Ben Ford
34. Submerged Prehistory in the North Sea, Antony Firth
35. Ancient Harbors in the Mediterranean, John P. Oleson and Robert L. Hohlfelder
36. Shipyard Archaeology, Jason D. Moser
37. Ship Abandonment, Nathan Richards
38. Maritime Communities and Traditions, Jesse Ransley

39. Maritime History and Maritime Archaeology, Francisco C. Domingues
40. Ethics, Underwater Cultural Heritage, and International Law, Thijs J. Maarleveld
41. Management of Maritime Cultural Resources: An American Perspective, Timothy Runyan
42. The Growth of Maritime Archaeology in Mexico: A Case Study, Pilar Luna Erreguerena
43. Aviation Archaeology, Peter Fix
44. Maritime Archaeology and Industry, Fredrik Søreide
45. Museums and Maritime Archaeology, Michael McCarthy
46. Maritime Archaeology, The Dive Community, and Heritage Tourism, Arthur B. Cohn and Joanne M. Dennis

VI. CONCLUSION Future Directions, Paula Martin

VII. GLOSSARY & APPENDIX Illustrated Glossary of Ship and Boat Terms, J. Richard Steffy
APPENDIX: Scientific Analyses and Dating Techniques

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