© 2016

Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region

A Maritime Archaeological Perspective

  • Chunming Wu
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Scott S. Williams
    Pages 147-167

About these proceedings


This book presents the proceedings of the international academic workshop on “Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Maritime Archaeological Perspective” held from June 21-23, 2013 at Harvard University campus and organized by Harvard-Yenching Institute. It includes high-quality papers focusing on the historical shipwrecks investigated by underwater archaeologists from Eastern Asian, including southern China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, and North America, including California, Oregon and Washington in the US, as well as Mexico. These investigations reveal the history of the early pan-Pacific navigation and maritime globalization from the 16th to the 18th century, covering the background and formation, concept and practice, as well as the results and influence of this early globalization and global economy, emphasizing the maritime archaeological evidence of Spanish exploration of transportation between East Asia and North America. The book provides an excellent opportunity for maritime archaeologists from both sides of the Pacific to share the latest findings and new developments in maritime archaeological exploration. It discusses 16-18th century nautical trade and maritime cultural history and provides a comprehensive overview of research work in the Asia-Pacific region.


Trade Transportation Asia-Pacific Region 16th-18th Century Maritime Globalization Maritime Archaeology Underwater Archaeology Pan-Pacific Region Ancient Shipwreck Early Navigation Eastern Asian International Relations

Editors and affiliations

  • Chunming Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.The Center for Maritime ArchaeologyXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

About the editors

Chunming Wu, B.A. and M.A. of Archaeology and PhD. of Chinese History in Xiamen University, professor and director of Center for Maritime Archaeology of Xiamen University. Dr. Wu was a visiting scholarship of American Council of Learned Society & Luce Foundation at Anthropology Department of University of Hawaii at Manoa, and visiting scholarship of Harvard Yenching Institute, Harvard University. He works on China maritime archaeology, prehistoric archaeology and early aboriginal ethno- history of southeast China and southeast Asia. He published more than 10 books as Archaeological Research to the History and Cultures of Prehistoric Aboriginals in Southeast China (1999), Archaeological Research toCapitalof Min-YueKingdomof Han Dynasty(1998), The Shipwreck Archaeology in Seas Surrounding China (2003), Maritime Archaeology (2007), The Maritime Cultural Interaction between Indigenous Yue and Austronesian (2012) and more than 150 academic papers.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Book Subtitle A Maritime Archaeological Perspective
  • Editors Chunming Wu
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-0903-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9280-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-0904-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 269
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 138 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    Asian History
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This volume collects 13 essays from a 2013 conference, all centered on the results of underwater archaeology around the Pacific Rim. … The great strength of the volume lies in presenting together in English some of the most advanced research being done across the world … . Summing Up: Recommended. Faculty and specialists only.” (B. T. Vivier, Choice, Vol. 55 (2), October, 2017)