The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment

  • Nathan Richards
  • Sami Kay Seeb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Joshua A. Daniel
    Pages 79-97
  3. Andrew D. W. Lydecker, Stephen R. James Jr.
    Pages 137-152
  4. John C. Pollack, Robyn P. Woodward
    Pages 153-173
  5. Cosmos Coroneos, Brad Duncan, Caroline Wilby
    Pages 259-277
  6. Daniel J. Lenihan
    Pages 279-296
  7. Michael Dermody, Calvin H. Mires, Christine Russell
    Pages 323-336
  8. Martin Read, Pollyanna Magne
    Pages 337-354
  9. Peter Charles Taylor
    Pages 355-369
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 371-375

About this book


The historical importance and archaeological potential of deliberately discarded watercraft has not been a major feature of maritime archaeological enquiry. While research on the topic has appeared since the 1970s as books, chapters, and articles of limited focus and distribution, most examples take the form of unpublished archaeological reports and graduate theses.  Additionally, there is no existing single source that represents the great diversity of geographical, historic, thematic, and theoretical contexts of ship graveyard sites and deliberately abandoned vessels.

In contrast with much of the theoretical or case-specific literature on the theme of watercraft discard, this volume communicates to the reader the common heritage and global themes that ship graveyard sites represent. It serves as an illustration of how the remains of abandoned vessels in ship graveyards are sites of considerable research value. Moreover, the case studies in this volume assist researchers in understanding the evolution of maritime technologies, economies, and societies. The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment is intended to expose research potential, create discussion, and reinforce the significance of a prevalent cultural resource that is often overlooked.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nathan Richards
    • 1
  • Sami Kay Seeb
    • 2
  1. 1.Program in Maritime Studies, History and Coastal Resources ManagementEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2., Submerged Resources CenterNational Park ServiceLakewoodUSA

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