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The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology (Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology) [Paperback]

Alexis Catsambis , Ben Ford , Donny L. Hamilton

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12 Dec 2013 Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology
The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology is a comprehensive survey of the field as seen through the eyes of nearly fifty scholars at a time when maritime archaeology has established itself as a mature branch of archaeology. This volume draws on many of the distinct and universal aspects of maritime archaeology, bringing them together under four main themes: the research process, ships and shipwrecks, maritime and nautical culture, and issues of preservation and management.

The first section of the book deals with the best practices for locating, documenting, excavating, and analyzing submerged sites. This methodological foundation is followed by a sample of shipwreck studies from around the world as scholars trace the regional development of ships and seafaring. Chosen to balance the traditional core regions of maritime archaeology with important but lesser-studied areas, it aims at offering an international account of the study of submerged sites. Reflecting the growing number of scholars who study past maritime cultures, but not shipwrecks, the third section of the book addresses various aspects of the maritime landscape and ethnography above and below the water. The final chapters then approach maritime archaeology in a broader context, moving beyond archaeological sites to discuss the archaeological record in general within legal, preservation, and management frameworks.

Taken together, these individual and original articles provide a valuable resource that summarizes the current state of the field of maritime archaeology and offers insight into the future of this established and growing discipline.

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a number of articles have very extensive bibliographies running six to ten pages, which make them a resource for students. ... this is a useful book ... and contributes to the scholarly literature on underwater archaeology. (Hector Williams, International Journal of Maritime History)

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Alexis Catsambis is Underwater Archaeologist, at Naval History & Heritage Command. Ben Ford is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Donny L. Hamilton is Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 8 Aug 2013
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A useful manual for the professional as well as student maritime archaeologist. Thank you for adding to the literature of a growing sub-discipline.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ponderous with flashes of brilliance 25 Dec 2012
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Knowing the primary author personally, I am loathe to criticize, that said, the quality of the chapters, each written by a different author varies tremendously. Some are verbose, complex and overly dense, others flow and get the job done. As an editor I would ask Donnie to flog the crew more and distribute the rum less.
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