The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment

Editors: Richards, Nathan, Seeb, Sami Kay (Eds.)

  • Uses the archaeological concept of site significance to examine abandoned ships
  • Illustrates the diversity of ships' graveyard sites by including case studies from around the world
  • Explores the relationship between academia and tourism regarding underwater graveyards
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About this book

The historical importance and archaeological potential of deliberately discarded watercraft has not been a major feature of maritime archaeological enquiry. While research on the topic has appeared since the 1970s as books, chapters, and articles, most examples have been limited in focus and distribution, and in most cases disseminated as unpublished archaeological reports (i.e. the “gray literature”.) So, too, has there been a lack of a single source representing the diversity of geographical, historic, thematic, and theoretical contexts that ships’ graveyard sites and deliberately abandoned vessels represent.

In contrast with much of the theoretical or case-specific literature on the theme of watercraft discard, this volume communicates to the reader the common heritage and global themes that ships’ graveyard sites represent. It serves as a blueprint to illustrate how the remains of abandoned vessels in ships' graveyards are sites of considerable research value. Moreover, the case studies in this volume assist researchers in understanding the evolution of maritime technologies, economies, and societies. This volume is intended to expose research potential, create discussion, and reinforce the significance of a prevalent cultural resource that is often overlooked.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Abandoned Ships and Ship Graveyards: Exploring Site Significance and Research Potential

    Richards, Nathan

    Pages 1-16

  • Scuttled, But Not Yet Abandoned: The Genesis and Evolution of Antipodean Studies on the Australian West Coast

    McCarthy, Michael

    Pages 17-37

  • The Thunder Bay Ship Graveyard, Lake Superior: From Abandonment to Deliberate Discard in a Deep Resting Place

    LaRoche, Daniel

    Pages 39-58

  • Resting Places of the Pioneer Craft: Ship Abandonment at Kingston, Canada

    Moore, Jonathan

    Pages 59-78

  • A Ship Graveyard at City Point, Virginia

    Daniel, Joshua A.

    Pages 79-97

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eBook $149.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover n/a
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment
Editors
  • Nathan Richards
  • Sami Kay Seeb
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7342-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7342-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7341-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9179-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 375
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