Boats of the World
From the Stone Age to Medieval Times
By (author) Sean McGrail
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Boats of the World by Sean McGrail
Book DescriptionMaritime archaeology, the study of man's early encounter with the rivers and seas of the world, only came to the fore in the last decades of the twentieth century, long after its parent discipline, terrestrial archaeology, had been established. Yet there were seamen long before there were farmers, navigators before there were potters, and boatbuilders before there were wainwrights. In this book Professor McGrail attempts to correct some of the imbalance in our knowledge of the past by presenting the evidence for the building and use of early water transport: rafts, boats, and ships. Professor McGrail presents a history of water transport as it has developed over millennia, from before 40,000 BC to the mid-second millennium AD. The coverage is world-wide: from the Baltic and North Seas to the Bay of Bengal and the Tasman Sea; and from the Gulf of Mexico to the China Seas and the Baring Strait.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198144687
(286mm x 228mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sean McGrail
Early Ships and Seafaring: Water Transport Beyond Europe, Hardback (July 2015)
Written by a leading Professor of maritime archaeology, this is a more detailed and expanded version of his popular 2006 Shire volume - Ancient Boats and Ships.
Early Ships and Seafaring: European Water Transport, Hardback (November 2014)
Written by a leading Professor in maritime archaeology, this book is aimed at anyone with an interest in the building and uses of ancient and medieval boats. Offers a background in the theory and techniques used in the study of early boats.
Viking World, Paperback (November 2013)
This is a revised and updated edition of James Graham-Campbell's authoritative account of the Viking world, based on recent archaeological research, with an important chapter on ships, shipwrights and seamen from Sean McGrail.
Ancient Boats and Ships, Paperback (February 2006)» View all books by Sean McGrail
After an introduction to the topic of maritime archaeology and account of the way maritime archaeologists work, the author describes the building and use of rafts, boats and ships in north-west Europe up to about 1500. The evidence for early sea voyages and for navigation without instruments is also surveyed.
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Author Biography - Sean McGrail
Sean McGrail was in the Royal Navy from 1946 to 1968 and is a Master Mariner. He is also currently visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, carries out fieldwork in South Asia for the Society for South Asian Studies (British Academy), and was formerly Professor of Maritime Archaeology, University of Oxford.
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