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The Signatures of Discard

Nathan Richards

in Ships' Graveyards

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032573
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032573.003.0007
The Signatures of Discard

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This chapter discusses and examines the archaeological signatures of discard leading up to and following the discard event. These signatures are considered relics of the processes that act upon a vessel and signs of transitions between systemic and archaeological contexts. The chapter also concentrates on a number of discernible postabandonment archaeological formation processes that represent actual discard events.

Keywords: archaeological signatures; discard; discard event; vessel; transitions; systemic contexts; archaeological contexts; postabandonment; formation processes

Chapter.  10451 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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