The Society Annual Lecture 1963: The North Ferriby Boats—A Reappraisal

By E. V. Wright, published May 1964


Going back to the Mariner’s Mirror article of 1947 when these craft were first excavated, the lecture notes their subsequent disintegration which nonetheless revealed important clues to shipbuilding 2,000 years ago. Radiocarbon techniques were employed along with other cutting-edge technologies in archaeology. The author concludes “no doubt now that the Ferriby Boats or their methods of construction were brought over in the developed state from Europe and did not evolve locally.” The evolution of ship design and construction seems to have stretched back another 2,000 years.

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Filed under: Prehistory | North Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology

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