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Recent Advances in Post-excavation Documentation, Reconstruction, and Experimental Maritime Archaeology

Morten Ravn, Vibeke Bischoff, Anton Englert and Søren Nielsen

in The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195375176
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195375176.013.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Recent Advances in Post-excavation Documentation, Reconstruction, and Experimental Maritime Archaeology

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This article provides a description of advances in post-excavation documentation and reconstruction. Experimental maritime archaeology is multidisciplinary by nature. The path from wreck to reconstruction begins with the documentation of hull remains and progresses to the building of a reconstruction scale model. In order to develop documentation methods that are accurate and efficient in recording artifacts objectively, the hand-drawn recording of archaeological ship timbers is being replaced by digital recording. The standards for this archaeological interpretation are defined in collaboration between those conducting the documentation and those building the reconstruction. This article describes the procedure of building a scale model and generating drawings, which helps in reconstruction of the ship. Building full-scale reconstructions is a component of the experimental analysis of archaeologically recorded shipwrecks. Sailing trials are an important component of the experimental analysis of ship-finds and are an empirical way of reconstructing the transport conditions of the past.

Keywords: post-excavation documentation; experimental maritime archaeology; reconstruction; digital recording; experimental analysis; sailing trials

Article.  6678 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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