Archive Results For: Prehistory

Early Seafaring in Northwest Europe: Could Planked Vessels have Played a Significant Part?

By John Coates

Discusses the capabilities and limitations of the three main types of sea-going craft built during the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages, i.e. logboats, hide boats and wooden planked boats. The remains of wooden planked boats excavated at Ferriby on the River Humber, over a period from 1937, and sailing a half-scale reconstruction of one on […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | North Sea
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

The West Indian Sailing Canoe

By Michael F. Doran

Spritsail rigged carvel-built open boats called yoles raced for sport in Martinique preserve a design perhaps thousands of years old, a direct copy – built from frames and planks –of the indigenous island dugout canoes of the Carib Indians. Carib tradition is that such spritsail rigged dugouts were part of their pre-Columbian culture. Their speed […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Other (Twentieth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

What Were Sails Made Of?

By Eve Black and David Samuel

From the study of ancient wrecks, using modern archaeological techniques including carbon14 dating, a great deal is now known about hulls and ship’s carpentry. However, apart from pictures, very little is known in detail about sails, since practically nothing has been preserved. Forms of propulsion for boats gradually evolved from manpower to wind assisted, as […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

Prehistoric Water Transport in NW Europe

By Seán McGrail

This paper summarises the forms of water transport in North West Europe preceding the 1st century AD. Whilst most scholars studying this period rely mostly on archaeological findings in the form of preserved navigational instruments, anchors, harbours and boats, the comparative lack of such remains in North-West Europe necessitates McGrail’s utilisation of iconographic, documentary and […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

The Thera Ships as Sailing Vessels

By Thomas C. Gilmer

The excavations on the Greek island of Thera (Santorini) brought to light the remnants of the first graphically illustrated Minoan ships. The Akrotiri Bronze Age Thera Ship Fresco has been a highly controversial issue and has also been thoroughly examined in the past. The aim of this paper is to investigate the fresco’s contemporaneity, identify […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Miscellaneous

Unusual Late Bronze Age Ship Representations from Tel Akko

By Michal Artzy

The three ships engraved on a Bronze Age altar stone excavated in Tel Akko, northern Israel in 1980 are of the ‘round ship’ class with masts, sails, shrouds, rudders and oars. They show ‘stern fans’ common in antiquity and rare ‘stem fans’. Similar high inward inclined stem posts or fans and higher stern posts are […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

A Further Note on the Thera Ships

By Don H. Kennedy

This paper relates to further thoughts on the use of the ship’s stern platform depicted in the Thera fresco from c1500 BC. It speculates on the use of the ‘stern appendage’ and the possibility that it was part of the design – perhaps to alleviate a fore and aft rocking, or porpoising motion, that may […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

The Thera Ships – a Re-Analysis

By Thomas C Gillmer

The design and use of a ship’s stern platform, depicted in the c1500 BC Thera fresco, is analysed with various speculations and interpretations being presented.  The discussion also embraces the sailing capabilities of the ship, both to windward and upwind and the number of crew involved.  Although based on speculation and assumption this paper attempts […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

The Search for Dilmun

By H.J. Finkel

The article postulates that there are sufficient geographic clues in the Epic of Gilgamesh to show that the story of Gilgamesh’s final journey is based on real travel tradition. The author believes that the paradise of Dilmun lies at the mouth of the River Indus; that the outward journey is by land along the north […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography

Bronze-Age Stone Anchors from the Eastern Mediterranean

By Honor Frost

Describes the main anchor groups found in the Eastern Mediterranean, showing methods of dating them and highlighting regional differences in design and manufacture, comparing finds from Byblos, Ugarit, and Kition. Frost uses archaeological discoveries of significant numbers of pierced stones to reassess van Nouhuys’s pioneering work, which primarily relied on ethnographic sources. Contrasts the design […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology

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