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The Sea Their Graves: An Archaeology of Death and Remembrance in Maritime Culture

David J. Stewart


This study advances understanding of British and American maritime culture by exploring memorialization practices. Interpretations are based on analysis of more than 2,000 maritime memorials from Great Britain and the United States. Research reveals three major themes in Anglo-American maritime memorialization. First, memorials show a striking concern for the dangers of life at sea. Numerous memorials describe the perils of the natural world and the group values that mariners developed to cope with the possibility of sudden death. Second, maritime communities faced the problem of commemorating ... More

Keywords: life at sea, maritime archaeology, maritime folklore, maritime culture, memorialization, mortuary rituals, shipwrecks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037349
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David J. Stewart, author
East Carolina University