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Archaeology of East Asian Shipbuilding$
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Jun Kimura

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061184

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061184.001.0001

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Shipbuilding in Early East Asia

Shipbuilding in Early East Asia

(p.20) 2 Shipbuilding in Early East Asia
Archaeology of East Asian Shipbuilding

Jun Kimura

University Press of Florida

The chapter describes an early and lasting shipbuilding technology developed along the coast of the Korean Peninsula and addresses its possible early influence on the Japanese shipbuilding tradition. The technology is defined with archaeological evidence from several Goryeo Dynasty (918–1392 A.D.) coastal traders excavated in the offshore along the west coast of the southern Peninsula. These vessels have flat bottom showing seaworthiness to sail the Yellow Sea and even could reach southern Japan across the Japan Sea. In this context with various elements, it considers that discussing the evolvement of Japan’s shipbuilding tradition only based on a linear evolutionary development theory need to be re-examined.

Keywords:   Korean Peninsula, Goryeo Dynasty, Japanese shipbuilding traditions, Yellow Sea, linear evolutionary development theory, dugout canoes, flat bottom ships

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