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By Richard A. Gould

Maritime archaeology offers with shipwrecks and is conducted by way of divers instead of diggers..It embraces maritime background and analyzes adjustments in ship-building, navigation, and seamanship, and gives clean views at the cultures and societies that produced the ships and sailors. Drawing on designated prior and up to date case stories, Richard A. Gould presents an updated assessment of the sector that incorporates dramatic new findings bobbing up from greater undersea applied sciences. This moment version of Archaeology and the Social heritage of Ships has been up-to-date all through to mirror new findings and new interpretations of outdated websites. the hot variation explores advances in undersea know-how in archaeology, in particular remotely operated automobiles. The publication reports some of the significant contemporary shipwreck findings, together with the Vasa in Stockholm, the Viking wrecks at Roskilde Fjord, and the huge.

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Archaeologists who address this problem soon realize that what seem to be events in the archaeological record are actually processes that operated over time. However eager archaeologists may be to come to conclusions about past human behavior and beliefs in particular localities, they cannot expect to offer such conclusions in a convincing manner until they have first dealt effectively with the physical processes that affect the association, distribution, and condition of the materials that occur together in the ground or on the seabed.

Moreover, the molds included protrusions to make the ingots easier to lift and transport. Bass concluded that the ox-hide shape of the ancient ingots was intended to facilitate lifting and carrying them, and later he found ancient Egyptian tomb paintings showing ingots of this shape being carried. Serendipitous connections should not be ignored or discouraged, but not everyone is able to make them. However useful, intuition cannot serve as a guide to the conduct of research in underwater archaeology.

The Dry Tortugas have proved to be a mother lode for studying shipwrecks that can be used to test materialist–Marxist propositions about relationships between maritime technology and economy and the nature of commerce at sea during the late 19th century. Stripped of the polemics that have sometimes accompanied attempts to discuss Marx as a social theorist, however, the materialist–Marxist view remains a useful explanatory approach for maritime archaeologists to consider, especially in societies in which capitalist economic relations are a dominant feature of their historical traditions.

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