Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant

Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant

Paperback Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology

By (author) Shelley Wachsmann

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  • Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 274mm x 23mm | 1,338g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: College Station
  • ISBN 10: 1603440801
  • ISBN 13: 9781603440806
  • Illustrations note: 170 b&w photos, 509 line art illustrations, bib., index
  • Sales rank: 1,002,171

Product description

In "Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age" Levant Shelley Wachsmann presents a one-of-a-kind comprehensive examination of how the early eastern Mediterranean cultures took to the sea - and how they evolved as a result. The author surveys the blue-water ships of the Egyptians, Syro-Canaanites, Cypriots, Early Bronze Age Aegeans, Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Sea Peoples, and also discusses known Bronze Age shipwrecks. Relying on archaeological, ethnological, iconographic, and textual evidence, Wachsmann delivers a fascinating and intricate rendering of virtually every aspect of early sea travel - from ship construction and propulsion to war on the open water, piracy, and laws pertaining to conduct at sea.This book brings together for the first time the entire corpus of evidence pertaining to Bronze Age seafaring. It will be of special value to archaeologists, maritime historians, philologists, and Bronze Age textual scholars. Offering an abundance of line drawings and photographs and written in a style that makes the material easily accessible to the layperson, Wachsmann's study is certain to become a standard reference for anyone interested in the dawn of sea travel.

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Author information

SHELLEY WACHSMANN is Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University. He has published numerous articles in archaeological journals and is the author of three previous books on ancient seafaring and trade.

Review quote

..".the book is an extremely useful survey by a real expert on the project."--;/div>--Jan Bouzek, Praha"Eirene XXXVI" (02/13/2013)