The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology is a comprehensive survey of the field as seen through the eyes of nearly fifty scholars at a time when maritime archaeology has established itself as a mature branch of archaeology. This volume draws on many of the distinct and universal aspects of maritime archaeology, bringing them together under four main themes: the research process, ships and shipwrecks, maritime and nautical culture, and issues of preservation and management. The first section of the book deals with the best practices for locating, documenting, excavating, and analyzing submerged sites. This methodological foundation is followed by a sample of shipwreck studies from around the world as scholars trace the regional development of ships and seafaring. Chosen to balance the traditional core regions of maritime archaeology with important but lesser-studied areas, it aims at offering an international account of the study of submerged sites. Reflecting the growing number of scholars who study past maritime cultures, but not shipwrecks, the third section of the book addresses various aspects of the maritime landscape and ethnography above and below the water. The final chapters then approach maritime archaeology in a broader context, moving beyond archaeological sites to discuss the archaeological record in general within legal, preservation, and management frameworks. Taken together, these individual and original articles provide a valuable resource that summarizes the current state of the field of maritime archaeology and offers insight into the future of this established and growing discipline.
I. INTRODUCTION: The Development of Maritime Archaeology, George F. Bass ; II.THE PROCESS ; 1. Defining a Ship: Architecture, Function, and Human Space, Patrice Pomey ; 2. Wreck-Site Formation Processes, Colin Martin ; 3. Acoustic Remote Sensing in Maritime Archaeology, Rory Quinn ; 4. Archaeological Interpretation of Marine Magnetic Data, Robert Gearhart ; 5. Search and Documentation of Underwater Archaeological Sites, Michael C. Tuttle ; 6. Excavation Planning and Logistics: The HMS Swift Project, Chris Underwood ; 7. Ship Reconstruction, Documentation, and In-Situ Recording, Yaacov Kahanov ; 8. Ships on Land, James P. Delgado ; 9. Deep-Submergence Archaeology, Shelley Wachsmann ; 10. Recent Advances in Post-Excavation Documentation, Reconstruction and Experimental Maritime Archaeology, Morten Ravn, Vibeke Bischoff, Anton Englert and Soren Nielsen ; 11. Shipwreck Reconstruction Based on the Archaeological Record: Mediterranean Whole-Moulding and Kitten Wreck Case Study, Kroum N. Batchvarov ; 12. Historical Naval Architecture Practices as a Guide to Shipwreck Reconstruction: The La Belle Example, Taras Pevny ; 13. The Archaeological Role of Conservation in Maritime Archaeology, Donny L. Hamilton and C. Wayne Smith ; 14. Virtual Reconstruction of Maritime Sites and Artifacts, Donald H. Sanders ; 15. A Digital Library Perspective: The Synthesis and Storage of Maritime Archaeological Data to Assist in Ship Perspective, Carlos Monroy, Filipe Castro, and Richard Furuta ; III. SHIPS & SHIPWRECKS ; 16. Early Shipbuilding in the Eastern Mediterranean, Mark E. Polzer ; 17. The Maritime Archaeology of Greek and Roman Seafaring (450 BCE - 400 CE), Deborah N. Carlson ; 18. Mediterranean Ship Design in the Middle Ages, Eric Rieth ; 19. Medieval Ships and Seafaring, Susan Rose ; 20. Post-Medieval Ships and Seafaring in the West, Fred Hocker ; 21. Southern African Shipwreck Archaeology, Bruno E.J.S. Werz ; 22. The Red Sea, Lucy Blue ; 23. Maritime Archaeological Studies in India, Aniruddh S. Gaur and Kamlesh H. Vora ; 24. A Survey of East Asian Shipbuilding Traditions During the Era of Chinese Maritime Expansion, Randy Sasaki ; 25. Australian Maritime Archaeology, Mark Staniforth ; 26. Historic Period Ships of the Pacific Ocean, Hans K. Van Tilburg ; 27. The Archaeology of Steamships, Kevin Crisman ; 28. Caribbean Maritime Archaeology, Margaret Leshikar-Denton ; 29. Maritime Archaeology of the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Archaeology from the Age of Exploration to the Twilight of Sail, Amy Borgens ; 30. Shipwreck Archaeology in South America, Dolores Elkin ; 31. Underwater Archaeology of the World Wars, Robert S. Neyland ; IV. MARITIME CULTURE & LIFE ASHORE ; 32. The Maritime Cultural Landscape, Christer Westerdahl ; 33. Coastal Archaeology, Ben Ford ; 34. Submerged Prehistory in the North Sea, Antony Firth ; 35. Ancient Harbors in the Mediterranean, John P. Oleson and Robert L. Hohlfelder ; 36. Shipyard Archaeology, Jason D. Moser ; 37. Ship Abandonment, Nathan Richards ; 38. Maritime Communities and Traditions, Jesse Ransley ; V. BEYOND THE SITE ; 39. Maritime History and Maritime Archaeology, Francisco C. Domingues ; 40. Ethics, Underwater Cultural Heritage, and International Law, Thijs J. Maarleveld ; 41. Management of Maritime Cultural Resources: An American Perspective, Timothy Runyan ; 42. The Growth of Maritime Archaeology in Mexico: A Case Study, Pilar Luna Erreguerena ; 43. Aviation Archaeology, Peter Fix ; 44. Maritime Archaeology and Industry, Fredrik Soreide ; 45. Museums and Maritime Archaeology, Michael McCarthy ; 46. Maritime Archaeology, The Dive Community, and Heritage Tourism, Arthur B. Cohn and Joanne M. Dennis ; VI. CONCLUSION Future Directions, Paula Martin ; VII. GLOSSARY & APPENDIX Illustrated Glossary of Ship and Boat Terms, J. Richard Steffy ; APPENDIX: Scientific Analyses and Dating Techniques