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A Survey of East Asian Shipbuilding Traditions during the Era of Chinese Maritime Expansion

Randall J. Sasaki

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/9780195375176.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 A Survey of East Asian Shipbuilding Traditions during the Era of Chinese Maritime Expansion

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This article briefly describes East Asian shipbuilding technology, as well as maritime history, based on the archaeological remains of vessels. The era of China's maritime expansion ran from the tenth to the fourteenth century. China was heavily influenced by the outside creating a rich and diverse maritime tradition. The archaeological remains of boats combined with textual and iconographic data, provide a clear picture of the development of the earliest forms of naval architecture in China. Various shapes and construction techniques can be seen on these vessels. This article gives an overview through the era, beginning from before maritime expansion, to the era of maritime expansion during the Song and Yuan dynasties, to the decline of shipping, during the Ming dynasty. Many aspects of maritime traditions in China require further research.

Keywords: shipbuilding technology; maritime expansion; maritime history; maritime tradition; naval architecture; construction techniques

Article.  10796 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; History and Theory of Archaeology

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