Rafts and Dugouts in Central Italy: The Primitive Phase of Local Inland Boatbuilding

By Marco Bonino, published May 1981


Analysis of literary sources, archaeological finds, and surviving types of craft suggests a tradition of boatbuilding in the agricultural and pastoral economies of the lakes of Umbria, Latium, Campania and parts of the Marche that evolved independently of influences from standard Mediterranean shipbuilding. The evolution from rafts and dugouts to simple boats is traced and amply illustrated with drawings.

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Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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