By Richard A. Gould

Maritime archaeology offers with shipwrecks and is conducted through divers instead of diggers. yet this is often not at all a marginal department of archaeology. It embraces maritime heritage, studying alterations in ship-building, navigation, reconstructing the infrastructure of waterborne trade, and gives clean views at the cultures and societies that produced the ships and sailors. Drawing on particular and up to date case reviews, Richard Gould offers an updated assessment of the sphere and a transparent exposition of latest advancements in undersea applied sciences. He additionally argues for the cautious administration of underwater cultural resources.Review"In his informative and fact-filled ebook, Gould covers a lot ground-and water-from the beginnings of send development and waterborne exchange in precedent days to the peculiarities of components the place ships tend to founder" Norman N. Brown, linked Press"Overall, it is a good researched and written booklet that makes an important contribution to either underwater archaeology and maritime history...Achaeologists, historians and somebody with an curiosity within the maritime global will locate this publication beautiful, important and a worthy addition to their own libraries." The Northern Mariner"...offers a wide-ranging, cutting-edge evaluate of the field...Some seventy-four photos, charts, and diagrams upload to the price of a major paintings that...may function a good advent for any reader requiring a cosmopolitan one-volume survey." the yank Neptune"Gould'd Archaeology and the Social heritage of Ships will make a great addition to the library of a person attracted to archaeology, even if underwater or terrestrial. The publication offers us with a precis of what's turning into an plentiful archaeological list that files the evolution of ships." Dennis Knepper, MAHSNews publication DescriptionUnderwater archaeology offers with shipwrecks and submerged settlements, and its unearths are recovered via divers instead of diggers. yet this is often not at all a marginal department of archaeology. learning maritime background, analysing alterations in ship-building, navigation and shipboard lifestyles, reconstructing the infrastructure of in another country trade, underwater archaeologists offer vital clean views at the cultures that produced the ships and sailors. This e-book is an up to date evaluate of the sector, and a transparent exposition of recent advancements in undersea applied sciences. It argues for the cautious administration of underwater cultural assets. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Nothing illustrates this problem of how event-oriented studies can overlook the processes at work better than the case of the Titanic. It should be noted at the outset that no archaeology has been attempted so far on the wreck of the Titanic. The underwater photographs and videos produced by undersea explorer Robert Ballard and his colleagues, useful as they are, are not maps or site plans, nor has there been any systematic attempt to record the site’s physical associations in an archaeologically controlled manner.

Without appropriate controls, such discoveries may provide the public with dazzling spectacles but do little to advance our understanding of the past. 12 on Thu Oct 11 10:35:06 BST 2012. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 14 r a r c h a e o l o g y a n d t h e s o c i a l h i s t o r y o f s h i p s personalities have produced “celebrity” shipwrecks that attract media attention and funding. By focusing undue attention on them, archaeologists risk presenting a distorted view of the past.

A more extreme version of this argument points to the self-serving uses of written histories by various elites to justify their behavior and presents archaeology as a similar form of revisionism (Shanks and Tilley, 1988: 186–208; Trigger, 1990: 370–411). Some archaeologists have proposed that archaeological science achieved dominance by suppressing or ignoring alternative views of the past. 12 on Thu Oct 11 10:35:06 BST 2012. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 Interpreting the Underwater Archaeological Record r 11 dominance include women, various ethnic minorities, and other groups defined by religious beliefs, low economic or social status, and generally marginal relations to mainstream Western-oriented culture.

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