Boats of the World: From the Stone Age to Medieval Times by Seán McGrail

By Seán McGrail

This is often the 1st publication to deal comprehensively with the archaeology of rafts, boats, and ships from the Stone Age to Medieval occasions. the entire areas of the area are lined, from Atlantic Europe and the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, the China Sea, and the Pacific.

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Boatbuilding and seafaring did not originate in one region and spread neatly around the world: all chapters thus greatly overlap chronologically. The solution has been to deal first with Egypt and Arabia, where much early evidence for water transport has survived; then to describe the European evidence in two chapters; followed by south Asia and a generally eastwards progression from south-east Asia to the Americas, via Greater Australia, the South Pacific, and China. Individual chapters differ in their layout and in the general approach adopted, depending on the strengths of the various types of evidence available within a region.

Jones (1995: fig. 5 x i m, that one end was higher than the other, and that there was some superstructure towards that higher end. In 1991 further planked boats were discovered near the north corner of Khasekhemmy's second-dynasty funerary enclosure at Abydos (Wachsmann, 1998: 218; Jones, 1995: 35). These twelve boats, 15-18 m in length, had been buried within brick 'coffins'. They are of 24 EGYPT Fig. 9. 2600 EC on display in Giza (photo: Pauljohnstone). enormous potential, but excavation has been postponed until appropriate resources are available for research and conservation.

E. the Nordic). There are also problems in giving names to traditions: the solution here is to consider such names as codewords without cultural or ethnic implications. : 139-40), the concept of a tradition has proved useful in maritime studies both archaeological and ethnographical: it can continue to be so providing that definitions of individual traditions are modified when acquisition of new data demands it. Within a particular tradition it is not necessary that all boats have all characteristics in common.

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