Early Ships and Seafaring

Sean McGrail

Hardback, 192 pp. Pen and Sword Archaeology 2014

In this volume Professor Sean McGrail introduces the reader to a relatively new branch of Archaeology - the study of water transport - how early rafts, boats and ships were built and used. Concepts, such as boatbuilding traditions, ship stability and navigation without instruments, are first described. Archaeological research is then discussed, including sea levels in earlier times,and the interpretation of archaeological remains.

Chapters 2 and 3, the heart of the text, deal with the early water transport of the Mediterranean and Atlantic Europe, from the Stone Age to Medieval times. Each chapter includes a description of the region's maritime geography and an exposition of its boat-building traditions.
The third element is a discussion of the propulsion, the steering and the navigation of these early vessels.
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