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Archaeology and the Social History of Ships

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521194921

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  • Maritime archaeology deals with shipwrecks and is carried out by divers rather than diggers..It embraces maritime history and analyzes changes in ship-building, 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.

    • This thoroughly revised new edition is the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of underwater archaeology currently available
    • Examines the impact of new undersea technologies
    • Destructive effects of treasure hunting are documented through accessible case studies
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521194921
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 79 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: toward a higher standard
    1. Interpreting the underwater archaeological record
    2. Underwater archaeology: the state of the art
    3. Ships and shipwrecks: basic mechanics
    4. The archaeology of small watercraft
    5. The earliest ships
    6. Shipwrecks and our understanding of ancient trade
    7. Sailing ships of the Middle Ages
    8. Ships of the great age of sail
    9. From sail to steam in maritime commerce
    10. New technologies and naval warfare
    11. The archaeology of maritime infrastructure
    12. The future of shipwreck archaeology.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Industry and Technology in History
  • Author

    Richard A. Gould, Brown University, Rhode Island
    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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