The Mediterranean lateen sail in late antiquity

Whitewright, J. (2009) The Mediterranean lateen sail in late antiquity International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 38, (1), pp. 97-104. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2008.00213.x).


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The Mediterranean lateen sailing rig has been studied since the early-to-mid-20th century. Recently-published depictions of sailing vessels rigged with lateen and settee sails, dating to the late-antique period, allow some of the principle characteristics of that rig to be established. This allows comparison with lateen- or settee-rigged vessels from both earlier and later periods. The sailing rigs depicted on other vessels can be identified and the level of technical continuity between the late-antique and medieval Mediterranean addressed. Finally it is possible to assess the extent to which the lateen sail was established in the Mediterranean by late antiquity.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2008.00213.x
ISSNs: 1057-2414 (print)
Keywords: mediterranean, late antiquity, lateen, settee, sailing rig
Organisations: Archaeology
ePrint ID: 204791
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12 January 2009e-pub ahead of print
March 2009Published
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2011 14:49
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 01:07
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