The Sea-craft of Prehistory

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Psychology Press, 1988 - Social Science - 260 pages
The nautical dimension of prehistory has not so far received the attention it deserves. It is also too often assumed that early man was land bound, yet this is demonstrably not the case. Recent research has shown that man travelled and tracked over greater distances and at a much earlier date than has previously been thought possible. Some of these facts can be explained only by man's mastery of water transport from earliest times. This book, by an acknowledged expert on prehistoric sea-craft, examines these problems looking at the new archaeological information in the light of the author's nautical knowledge. The result is a detailed account of man's use of inland and ocean-going craft from earliest times until the dawn of recorded history. All forms of evidence are critically assessed, from the vessels of Ancient Egypt to the Chinese junk, to present of comprehensive picture of the vessels men have built through the ages, and of the variety of ways in which they have been used.
 

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Contents

Earliest times
3
Bark
17
Skin
26
Dugouts and the evolution of the plankbuilt boat
45
The earlier Mediterranean
55
The later Mediterranean
67
The Atlantic
85
Scandinavia
102
wooden craft
140
European river craft
156
The Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf
171
China and Japan
185
The Pacific
200
The Americas 219
219
Abbreviations used in the notes
236
Index
255

skin boats
121

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