The Sea-craft of Prehistory
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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Dugouts and the evolution of the plankbuilt boat
The earlier Mediterranean
The later Mediterranean
European river craft
The Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf
China and Japan
The Americas 219
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aboriginal Allectus ancient archaeological bark canoe bow and stern British Isles Broighter boat Bronze Age Caergwrle canoe Casson caulking Celtic century BC chapter coast coracle curragh dug-out earliest early East Egyptian Ellmers Eskimo Europe Evenhus evidence evolved excavated fastened Ferriby boats Figure fishing flat bottom frames gunwale Hornell hull ibid Indian island kayak keel lashings later leeboards logboat London Marstrander mast McGrail Mediterranean Mesolithic metres long millennium BC mortise and tenon National Maritime Museum National Museum Neolithic northern Norway oars obsidian outrigger Pacific pegs period planked boats possible prehistoric primitive radiocarbon radiocarbon dates reed boat reed-bundle ribs river Rock carving Roman Roos Carr round saveiro Scandinavian sea-going seems sewn sewn boats shape ship side skin boat skin float stone strakes suggests technique tenon timbers tradition type of craft umiak vessel Viking voyage wooden Zwammerdam