The Archaeology of Shipwrecks

  • Keith Muckelroy
Part of the The Springer Series in Underwater Archaeology book series (SSUA)


Given that maritime archaeology is concerned with the study of ships and seafaring, and that its principal sources of data lie in the remains of such activities preserved on the seashore or seabed, it follows that the interpretation of such data is closely bound up with an understanding of what is involved in a shipwreck. The shipwreck is the event by which a highly organized and dynamic assemblage of artifacts is transformed into a static and disorganized state with long-term stability. While the archaeologist must observe this final situation, his interest, is centered on the former, whose various aspects are only indicated indirectly and partially by the surviving material. If the various processes that have intervened between the two states can be identified and described, the researcher can begin to disentangle the evidence he has uncovered.


Tidal Current Land Site None None Mediterranean Water Maritime Archaeology 
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