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Shipwreck Reconstruction Based on the Archaeological Record: Mediterranean Whole-Molding and the Kitten Wreck Case Study

Kroum N. Batchvarov

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/9780195375176.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Shipwreck Reconstruction Based on the Archaeological Record: Mediterranean Whole-Molding and the Kitten Wreck Case Study

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This article gives a case study based on the archaeological evidence of the wrecks from Catalonia, Yassiada, Sardineaux, and Kitten. It gives the description of the hull and the process of reconstruction of the Kitten vessel, based on archaeological evidence. The Kitten shipwreck is the first, and so far only, example of a postmedieval ship from the Black Sea to have been excavated and recorded, and for this reason, no exact parallels for this wreck have been published. The reconstructed method of controlling the shape of the Kitten vessel fits well with the tradition recorded in documents of the Italian Renaissance. The lines of the Kitten vessel were reconstructed from the archaeological evidence, traditional proportions, iconography, and limited comparative material from vernacular boats. This article describes the whole procedure of reconstruction and molding of the Kitten vessel, from shipwreck reconstruction, based on archaeological record.

Keywords: Kitten shipwreck; postmedieval ship; shipwreck reconstruction; archaeological record; Kitten vessel; molding

Article.  7892 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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