Ships and boats as archaeological source material
World Archaeology, 32, (3), . (doi:10.1080/00438240120048644).
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So often it is pots that are used to explore social interactions of the past. Yet in so many cultures, ships and boats have acquired such a prominent symbolic profile, it might be argued that they are even more potent carriers of meaning than the pots they so often transported. This paper examines the factors that give watercraft their archaeological potential and argues that we are only just beginning to exploit them to the full.
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