Digs and Documents: Gaps in our Knowledge of Medieval Shipping

By Susan Rose, published February 2011


The article traces the contributions in The Mariner’s Mirror to our understanding of medieval ship building, using visual and documentary evidence. The Grace Dieu is cited as an example of how the study of such ships has developed since 1911. The Newport Ship was an example of a contrasting method, where the ship was dismantled, scanned and recorded before conservation. The article then turns to the Mediterranean and the Adriatic where better technical information exists. For the operation of medieval shipping, there is documentary evidence. The article concludes with the warning that there is still a great deal to do.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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