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Archaeological, historical, and ethnographic approaches to the study of sewn boats: past, present, and future

Archaeological, historical, and ethnographic approaches to the study of sewn boats: past, present, and future
Archaeological, historical, and ethnographic approaches to the study of sewn boats: past, present, and future

Sewn-plank vessels have been a pervasive form of ship construction since antiquity. This paper provides an introductory overview of the current state of the field of sewn-plank studies, with a particular focus on the Indian Ocean. It describes the basic function of sewn-plank techniques, and then discusses textual references and historical approaches to the topic. The relevant archaeological evidence is reviewed, and prior ethnographic work relating to the topic is outlined. It summarizes numerous experimental sewn-plank reconstructions that have been undertaken and concludes with a discussion of the current directions of the field and suggestions for the future.

archaeology, ethnography, history, Indian Ocean, sewn-plank boats, ship construction
1057-2414
269-285
Staples, Eric
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Blue, Lucy
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Staples, Eric
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Blue, Lucy
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Staples, Eric and Blue, Lucy (2019) Archaeological, historical, and ethnographic approaches to the study of sewn boats: past, present, and future. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 48 (2), 269-285. (doi:10.1111/1095-9270.12361).

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Sewn-plank vessels have been a pervasive form of ship construction since antiquity. This paper provides an introductory overview of the current state of the field of sewn-plank studies, with a particular focus on the Indian Ocean. It describes the basic function of sewn-plank techniques, and then discusses textual references and historical approaches to the topic. The relevant archaeological evidence is reviewed, and prior ethnographic work relating to the topic is outlined. It summarizes numerous experimental sewn-plank reconstructions that have been undertaken and concludes with a discussion of the current directions of the field and suggestions for the future.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 June 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 August 2019
Published date: September 2019
Keywords: archaeology, ethnography, history, Indian Ocean, sewn-plank boats, ship construction

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Local EPrints ID: 434761
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434761
ISSN: 1057-2414
PURE UUID: 724b7384-fcce-44a0-87ec-6e01e3bd73cb

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Date deposited: 08 Oct 2019 16:30
Last modified: 06 Oct 2020 20:09

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