Seafaring as social action

Farr, Helen R. (2006) Seafaring as social action Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 1, (1), pp. 85-99. (doi:10.1007/s11457-005-9002-7).


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This paper builds upon traditional investigations of maritime activities, particularly seafaring itself, to study the social relationships between people and the sea as well as the technology, necessary knowledge and skills that are implicated. The research is based upon evidence of seafaring drawn from the circulation of obsidian from the island of Lipari around the central Mediterranean throughout the Neolithic c.6500–3500 BC. It focuses upon journeys across the Adriatic, identifying the importance of travel in the creation of social alliance and identity, shedding light upon relationships and practices that are generally invisible without proper consideration of maritime activity. The implications of ongoing maritime activity in the region reflect upon Neolithic activities and temporalities which are outside the sphere of settlement specific landscapes, hitherto the sole focus of the majority of Italian Neolithic research

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s11457-005-9002-7
ISSNs: 1557-2285 (print)
Organisations: Archaeology
ePrint ID: 203669
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1 July 2006Published
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 15:04
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 01:15
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