Abandoned Ships and Ship Graveyards: Exploring Site Significance and Research Potential



The remnants of noncatastrophically lost, deliberately discarded watercraft have been a subject of maritime historical and archaeological enquiry for quite some time. Studies of ships reutilized as boat burials and votive offerings, or transformed into foundations, buildings, and other structures, are well known in maritime archaeological literature. Less common are studies of collections of vessels abandoned by their owners at the conclusion of their useful lives. Nevertheless, this research does exist; occurring in the context of the discovery of buried assemblages of watercraft, surveys of huge collections of inundated vessels, and detailed studies of isolated intertidal hulk sites. This chapter will explore themes surrounding the significance and research potential of these abandoned ship resources.


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  1. 1.UNC-Coastal Studies InstituteWanchese, NC, USA and East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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