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Andrew M.T. Moore
“Professor Wachsmann has written a masterly account of an extraordinary archaeological find, the Gurob ship-cart model. From his comprehensive knowledge of second millennium B.C. nautical technology, he has identified the prototype for the model as a Helladic galley of Mycenaean type. This extraordinary insight has illuminated the Eastern Mediterranean world at a time of upheaval in which cultural cross-currents from Central Europe to Egypt provided a rich array of influences that lay behind the fashioning of this unique object.
Combining wide-ranging scholarship with deep knowledge of shipbuilding techniques, Professor Wachsmann has reconstructed the manufacture of the ship-cart model, and has created a remarkably complete virtual impression of its original form. Then, from this single artifact, he has gone on to delineate a system of maritime contacts and exchanges that embraces movements of peoples, ideologies and religious practices across the Aegean, Asia Minor, the Levant, and North Africa. It is a remarkable achievement.
Professor Wachsmann has, through brilliant analysis based on a lifetime of scholarly endeavor, put together a book of astonishing insight and great import that has brought to life a lost world three thousand years old.”--Andrew M.T. Moore, First Vice President for the Archaeological Institute of America; Former Dean of Graduate Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York