Boats of the World: From the Stone Age to Medieval Times

Paperback | March 3, 2004

bySean McGrail

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Maritime archaeology, the study of man's early encounter with the rivers and seas of the world, only came to the fore in the last decades of the twentieth century, long after its parent discipline, terrestrial archaeology, had been established. Yet there were seamen long before there werefarmers, navigators before there were potters, and boatbuilders before there were wainwrights. In this book Professor McGrail attempts to correct some of the imbalance in our knowledge of the past by presenting the evidence for the building and use of early water transport: rafts, boats, and ships.

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Maritime archaeology, the study of man's early encounter with the rivers and seas of the world, only came to the fore in the last decades of the twentieth century, long after its parent discipline, terrestrial archaeology, had been established. Yet there were seamen long before there werefarmers, navigators before there were potters, a...

Sean McGrail was in the Royal Navy from 1946 to 1968 and is a Master Mariner. He is also currently visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, carries out fieldwork in South Asia for the Society for South Asian Studies (British Academy), and was formerly Professor of Maritime Archaeology, University...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 0.87 inPublished:March 3, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199271860

ISBN - 13:9780199271863

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Table of Contents

1. Sources and Themes2. Egypt3. Arabia4. The Mediterranean5. Atlantic Europe6. India7. Greater Australia8. South-East Asia9. Oceania10. China11. The Americas12. Early Water Transport

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`A superb, long-awaited book, of unique methodological richness, incorporating the latest research.'Neptunia