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Ships' Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Site Formation Process

Nathan Richards


This is a theoretical study that avoids the single-site bias prevalent in most underwater archaeology research. It also eschews the traditional examination of shipwreck sites as the core component of study in this field. Instead, the author seeks to discover what we can learn by examining intentionally abandoned vessels and to determine what the differences are between cultural site formation processes and those created “naturally” (that is, by shipwrecks and other nautical disasters). Using Australian waters as a case study, he examines over 1,500 vessels abandoned over a period of more than ... More

Keywords: underwater archaeology, shipwreck, abandoned vessels, cultural site formation, nautical disasters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032573
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Richards, author
East Carolina University'