Maritime Archaeology

Maritime Archaeology : A Technical Handbook, Second Edition

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Jeremy Green's systematic overview of maritime archaeology offers a step-by-step description of this fast-growing field. With new information about the use of computers and Global Positioning Systems, the second edition of this handbook shows how to extract as much information as possible from a site, how to record and document the data, and how to act ethically and responsibly with the artefacts. Treating underwater archaeology as a discipline, the book demonstrates how archaeologists, 'looters,' academics, and governments interact and how the market for archaeological artefacts creates obstacles and opportunities for these groups. Well illustrated and comprehensive in its approach to the subject, this book provides an essential foundation for everybody interested in underwater environments, submerged land structures, and conditions created by sea level changes.This book covers five broad areas: searching for sites, recording sites, excavation, management of collections, and study, research and publication. It describes a variety of techniques and procedures in considerable detail, accessible to both professional and amateur archaeologists.
It contains more than 250 photographs, charts, and diagrams that explain everything from how to operate a sextant and a hand-held GPS to how a swim line should be laid out by the dive team before excavation begins.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 470 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 27.9mm | 816.48g
  • Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
  • United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0122986326
  • 9780122986321
  • 1,785,400

Table of contents

Introduction to Maritime Archaeology. Research. Search and Survey. Conventional Survey. Subsurface Survey. Photogrammetric Techniques. Site Plans and Geographical Information Systems. Field Photography. Excavation. Recording. Artifact Drawing. Artifact Photography. Post-Excavation Research. Cultural Resource Management. Reports and Publications. Legislation. Conclusions.
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Praise for the First Edition: "I found many useful tips on specific methods, and can recommend this book highly as a reference for anyone wishing to become familiar with widely-used underwater site survey and recording methods...Useful methods are presented for locating the position of sites, for mapping site features, and for controlled underwater excavation." JOURNAL OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY "The second edition of this handbook includes information on topics such as how to extract as much information as possible from a site, how to record and document data, and how to act ethically and responsibly with the artifact. The book demonstrates how archaeologists, looters, academics and governments interact and how the market for archaeological artifacts creates obstacles for these groups, while also trying to provide a foundation for all those interested in underwater environments." - Sea Technology July 2004
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About Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green is one of the world's foremost nautical archaeologists. Head of the Australian National Centre of Excellence in Maritime Archaeology, he is the author of 136 articles on underwater archaeology and has received honors from Oxford University, the University of Western Australia, and the Australian Academy of Humanities. His research interests have led to his involvement in film projects and the development of new surveying tools, and his Maritime Archaeology: A Technical Handbook (1990) has long been considered a classic in the field.
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