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This guide to wooden boats and ships is intended for use by nautical archaeologists and historians, and those involved in documenting and interpreting the remains of wrecks or abandoned vessels. The first part of the book introduces the discipline and presents basic information on ship and boat and ship construction. Part two investigates ancient, medieval, and postmedieval shipwrecks in turn, and represents a cross section of shipbuilding technology as seen through the interpretation of a select group of finds. The final part addresses the techniques of recording hull remains, assembling archival information, reconstructing vessels, and converting data into plans and publications, based on work done on previous projects. Also included is an illustrated glossary, specifically designed for archaeological use, and a select bibliography.
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J. RICHARD STEFF'S lifelong interest in ships and seafaring was directed toward nautical archaeology in the mid-1960s. Since then, he has been involved in numerous shipwreck excavation projects in Europe, Asia, and North America. His most recent research has been directed toward ancient and early medieval craft. He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1985 in recognition of his contributions to the field. He was the Sara W. and George O. Yamini Professor of Nautical Archaeology, Emeritus, at Texas A&M University and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.Review:
" . . . a work that is both erudite and lively. Teeming with photographs and diagrams, Steffy's book details exactly how ancient vessels were built (with much more skill and sophistication than was previously thought) and how archaeologists and ship enthusiasts have deduced their information. Steffy's enthusiasm is infectious, as is his admiration for the shipbuilders of the past and the researchers of today."--Islands (Islands)
"Steffy's work on analysis of construction and techniques for documentation, from gridding a located wreck to working on a reconstruction, is first class. . . . Highly recommended." --Choice (CHOICE)
"Dick Steffy must be known by reputation, if not personally, throughout the world of nautical archaeology. This unassuming man's utterances about the archaeology of boats and all that entails demand attention, since he is one of those very rare persons who has applied a considerable practical talent and intellect to the understanding and reconstruction of ancient wrecks for over thirty years. Also during that time he has taught at the Texas A&M University. There is nothing quite like teaching for creating order out of the knowledge gained elsewhere. His conclusions and assessments are original and sound, unlike some writers who are uncertain purveyors of the work of others. . . . a quite remarkable and readable book on the subject of gleaning the maximum information from ancient wrecks. . . . Dick Steffy has created a book quite unlike any available. It is accessible to readers from every level of attainment without ever being simplistic. The book combines clarity, warmth of style and authoritative writing to such a degree that it must become a major work of reference." --International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, No. 3 (International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, No. 3)
"After decades of careful, diligent, single-minded devotion, during which he practically invented the field of scientific shipwreck reconstruction, Steffy has done what every academic pioneer should do (but most do not): he has set it all down in a book. . . . this book occupies a unique niche in the literature on wooden shipbuilding and ship archaeology." --The American Neptune (Donald H. Keith The American Neptune)
"The book has three parts, all superbly illustrated and fully referenced . . . this book is a surpassing achievement, and will be the basic text on ship and boat archaeology for years to come."--David Gibbons (David Gibbons Antiquity)
" . . . the format and clear style should appeal to anyone with an interest in wooden ships."--Sea History (Sea History)
" . . . an awesome piece of scholarship that will, I think, take its place as a standard work in maritime history and archaeology. . . . Taken as a whole, this book is the nearest thing to an `ultimate glossary' of terminology pertaining to wooden ship construction I have encountered even in relation to other redoubtable sources . . . "--Journal of Field Archaeology (Journal of Field Archaeology)
"What distinguishes this work from other classics in this field is the author's excellent interpretation of accumulated data. . . . a milestone in the progress of modern archaeology. . . . the text acts as a Rosetta Stone between archaeological description and the overall field of maritime history, adding a great deal of knowledge to a specialty which has heretofore sailed only the coastline of written texts."--Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord (Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord)
". . . should be on the bookshelf of any archaeologist who works on the maritime side of his discipline or who teaches courses in the practical aspects of archaeological work. . . . In all, this is a thorough textbook, and good reading."--WoodenBoat (WoodenBoat)
"Destined to become both a genre classic and a respected textbook, this work takes us through each historic era, from ancient Egypt to Federal America, illustrating each with one or more studied shipwrecks. . . . this book perfectly follows the highest level of academic paradigm, the format that we should demand from all writers and publishers of reference works."--Seaways' Ships in Scale (Seaways' Ships in Scale)
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Book Description Texas A&M University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110890965528
Book Description Texas A&M University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0890965528 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1433106