Almost three decades ago J. Richard Steffy (in: Tzalas (ed) Tropis II, proceedings of the 2nd international symposium on ship construction in antiquity. Athens, pp 315–320, 1990, in: Tzalas (ed) Tropis III, proceedings of the 3rd international symposium on ship construction in antiquity. Athens, pp 417–428, 1995) voiced the need to standardize the recording and publication of shipwrecks. Cluster analysis of construction features is difficult if archaeologists record different and non-overlapping features. This paper discusses the necessity to standardize the recording and publishing of a set of consistent and compatible basic construction features when archaeologists assess, survey, or excavate wooden shipwrecks and proposes a methodology for the recording of wooden hulls. It also emphasizes the urgency of a wide and complete sharing of archaeological information in maritime archaeology.
This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.
Buy single article
Instant access to the full article PDF.
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.
Atwood R (2007) Publish or be punished: israel cracks down of delinquent diggers. Archaeology 60(2):60–62
Bachelard G (1957) La poétique de l’espace. Presses Universitaires de France, Paris
Bass G (2011) Introduction. In: Catsambis A, Ford B, Hamilton D (eds) The Oxford handbook of maritime archaeology. Oxford University Press, New York
Boardman J (2009) Archaeologists, Collectors, and Museums. In: Cuno J (ed) Whose Culture? The promise of Museums and the debate over antiquities. Princeton University Press, Princeton
Crumlin-Pederson O (1991) “Ship types and sizes,” aspects of maritime scandinavia, AD 200–1200. Roskilde Museum, Roskilde
Henry E, Anglebeck B, Rizvi U (2017) Against typology. A critical approach to archaeological order. The SAA Archaeological Record 17.1:28–31
Kristiansen K (2008) The dialectic between global and local perspectives in archaeological theory, heritage and publications. Archaeological Dialogues 15(1):56–69
Leroi-Gourhan A (1943) L’Homme et la matière. Albin Michel, Paris
Leroi-Gourhan A (1945) Millieu et techniques. Albin Michel, Paris
Monroy C (2010) A digital library approach in the reconstruction of ancient sunken ships. PhD Dissertation, Computer Science. College Station: Texas A&M University
Oertling T (2005) Characteristics of Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Iberian Ships. In: Hocker FM, Ward CA (eds) The philosophy of shipbuilding. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, pp 129–136
Owen D (2009) Censoring knowledge: the case for publication of unprovenanced cuneiform tablets. In: Cuno J (ed) Whose culture? The promise of museums and the debate over antiquities. Princeton University Press, Princeton
Rieth E (1998) Construction navale à Franc-Bord en Méditerranée et Atlantique (XVIe-XVIIe) et«Signatures Architecturales»: une première approche archéologique. In: Méditerranée Antique. Pêche, navigation, commerce, Ed. Éric Rieth. [S. l.]: Éditions du CTHS, pp. 177–187
Steffy J (1990) Problems and progress in dating ancient vessels by their construction features. In: Tzalas H (ed) Tropis II, Proceedings of the 2nd international symposium on ship construction in antiquity. Athens, pp 315–320
Steffy J (1995) Ancient scantlings: the projection and control of ancient hull shapes. In: Tzalas H (ed) Tropis III, proceedings of the 3rd international symposium on ship construction in antiquity. Athens, pp 417–428
Stoddart S, Malone C (2001) Antiquity. Editorial 75(288):233–246
Upton D (1983) The power of things: recent studies in American Vernacular Architecture. American Quarterly 35(3):262–279 (Barthes, R., 1957.)
Wallerstein I (2011a) Capitalist agriculture and the origins of the European world-economy in the Sixteenth Century. University California Press, Berkeley
Wallerstein I (2011b) Mercantilism and the consolidation of the European world-economy 1600–1750. University California Press, Berkeley
Funding was provided by Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation.
Conflict of interest
We declare that there are no conflicts of interest among any of the authors of this paper, and that the research presented in it is based on ethical standards.
Rights and permissions
About this article
Cite this article
Castro, F., Bendig, C., Bérubé, M. et al. Recording, Publishing, and Reconstructing Wooden Shipwrecks. J Mari Arch 13, 55–66 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11457-017-9185-8
- Nautical archaeology
- Early modern shipwrecks