In response to Pedersen's ‘A Clench-Fastened Boat in Kerala’: a revealing boat narrative not a ‘new’ type of boat


Ransley, Jesse (2010) In response to Pedersen's ‘A Clench-Fastened Boat in Kerala’: a revealing boat narrative not a ‘new’ type of boat. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 39, (2), 423-431. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2010.00282.x).

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This article discusses Pedersen’s interpretation of a boat observed in the backwaters of Kerala, south-western India in May 2003 as a previously undocumented vessel-type: a clench-fastened boat (2010). It argues that the boat he describes is not a new boat type but suggests instead that it reflects the flexibility and pragmatism of boat-building and repair in Kerala’s backwaters, where a plurality of fastening techniques and methods of construction are regularly employed in the construction of individual boats. The paper suggests the boat is a product of the dynamism, continued strength and adaptability, of Kerala’s ‘traditional’ backwater boat-building industry. In addition, it highlights some of the pitfalls of interpreting boats through construction features alone.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1057-2414 (print)
1095-9270 (electronic)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Faculty of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 163951
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010 07:43
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:17
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163951

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