Journal of Maritime Archaeology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 197–219

The Reuse of Vessels as Harbor Structures: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11457-013-9116-2

Cite this article as:
Ford, B. J Mari Arch (2013) 8: 197. doi:10.1007/s11457-013-9116-2


Ships and boats, both intact and disarticulated, have been reused as port and harbor structures for at least the last two millennia. Based on the many available examples, it is now possible to analyze the reuse of ships within the larger context of harbor structures as a form of vernacular architecture. Fundamental to this analysis is the observation that vessels were not reused in all ports or during all periods; consequently, by examining where, when, and how vessels were reused it is possible to understand some of the environmental, social, and economic factors that led to vessel reuse.


Harbors Ports Ship reuse Port construction 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

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