The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

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The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology is a comprehensive survey of the field as seen through the eyes of nearly fifty scholars at a time when maritime archaeology has established itself as a mature branch of archaeology. This volume draws on many of the distinct and universal aspects of maritime archaeology, bringing them together under four main themes: the research process, ships and shipwrecks, maritime and nautical culture, and issues of preservation and management. The first section of the book deals with the best practices for locating, documenting, excavating, and analyzing submerged sites. This methodological foundation is followed by a sample of shipwreck studies from around the world as scholars trace the regional development of ships and seafaring. Chosen to balance the traditional core regions of maritime archaeology with important but lesser-studied areas, it aims at offering an international account of the study of submerged sites. Reflecting the growing number of scholars who study past maritime cultures, but not shipwrecks, the third section of the book addresses various aspects of the maritime landscape and ethnography above and below the water. The final chapters then approach maritime archaeology in a broader context, moving beyond archaeological sites to discuss the archaeological record in general within legal, preservation, and management frameworks. Taken together, these individual and original articles provide a valuable resource that summarizes the current state of the field of maritime archaeology and offers insight into the future of this established and growing discipline.

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  • Hardback | 1240 pages
  • 182.88 x 248.92 x 73.66mm | 2,154.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195375173
  • 9780195375176
  • 744,974

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Author Information

Alexis Catsambis is Underwater Archaeologist, Naval History & Heritage Command Ben Ford is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Donny L. Hamilton is Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University

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There is no doubt that this volume will provide scholars and students alike with compelling new perspectives on maritime archaeology Mark Dunkley, European Journal of Archaeology [a] wealth of expertly and concisely presented information. Ross Anderson, Archaeology in Oceania covers considerable ground (or rather ocean spaces), and while it may contain significant detail for those leaned and skilled in maritime archaeology and related disciplines, it is accessible to those without ... As a work on an important part of our collective heritage, and an increasingly significant aspect of ocean governance, this is a valuable library addition. Craig Forrest, Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs with an excellent balance between methodology, current archaeological theory and case studies, it is a valuable research tool for the experienced and enthusiastic maritime archaeologist. Pete Martin, Ocean Challenge a number of articles have very extensive bibliographies running six to ten pages, which make them a resource for students. ... this is a useful book ... and contributes to the scholarly literature on underwater archaeology. Hector Williams, International Journal of Maritime History

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