Chapter

Introduction

David J. Stewart

in The Sea Their Graves

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037349.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces sailoring as a distinct occupational culture. One of the problems of trying to study maritime culture from the past is the absence of written records. This study circumvents this problem by using material culture, specifically gravestones and memorials, to examine maritime culture. Gravestones and monuments represent an untapped resource that reveals much about maritime group beliefs and values. The history, potential, and limitations of memorials are discussed briefly.

Keywords: death; folk group; gravestone studies; maritime cultural landscape; memorials; monuments; occupational culture; occupational fatalities; worldview

Chapter.  11517 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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