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Ships’ Graveyards: Deserted Watercraft and the Archaeological Web site Formation Course of

April 5, 2022

Submitted by Mary L. Maniery
PAR Environmental Providers, Inc., President
SHA Co-Publications Affiliate Editor

In March 2018, the SHA started a weblog for the Society webpage to spotlight our publications and our collaboration with numerous presses. Whereas our co-publication program and partnerships with Springer, College of Nebraska Press, College of Florida Press, and College of Alabama Press expands our membership’s publication alternatives, the SHA has additionally continued to publish works independently via Amazon as Particular Publications. SHA members can order “Ships Graveyards: Deserted Watercraft and the Archaeological Web site Formation Course of” for $22.00 (paperback) or $11.00 (e-book).
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Ships’ Graveyards: Deserted Watercraft and the Archaeological Web site Formation Course of
Nathan Richards
Variety of pages: 304; 15 tables; 50 figures

Society for Historic Archaeology Particular Publication

Ships graveyards was initially printed in 2008 as an SHA/College of Florida Press Co-Publication. The 2022 publication is a Second Version, printed solely by the SHA.

Ships’ Graveyards is an explicitly theoretical research that avoids the single-site bias prevalent in most underwater archaeology analysis. It additionally eschews the normal examination of shipwreck websites because the core part of research on this discipline.

As a substitute, Nathan Richards seeks to find what we are able to study by inspecting deliberately deserted vessels and to find out what the variations are between cultural website formation processes and people created “naturally” (that’s, by shipwrecks and different nautical disasters).

Utilizing Australian waters as a case research, Richards examines over 1,500 vessels deserted over a interval of greater than 200 years. In providing such an in depth give attention to an underutilized archaeological useful resource, he offers a mannequin for the examination of comparable websites and processes in lots of different areas all over the world.


MM: What are a few of your motivations for writing/spearheading this ebook?

NR: That is the 2nd version of the work. The ebook was derived from my PhD dissertation (Flinders College, PhD in Archaeology, 2002). I used to be fortunate sufficient to have my adviser (Dr. Mark Staniforth) submit it to SHA for consideration as part of the dissertation prize (now referred to as the Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Award), and I used to be honored to win the award in 2003 (offered in 2004). The award got here with a contract with College Press of Florida, which co-published the first version with SHA in 2008. Via my work at Flinders College I grew to become very within the utility of processual comparative approaches to maritime archaeological topics (additionally due to Professor Donald Pate, right here) as I used to be uncovered to ship abandonment areas scattered across the coastlines of Australia. That is an ongoing curiosity of mine, and I’ve been fortunate to work on related websites throughout the USA, and in Bermuda and Costa Rica.

MM: Who would you wish to learn this ebook? Who’s your viewers?

NR: In 2008, I hoped the ebook would supply a theoretically-explicit perspective for taking a look at maritime archaeological knowledge, and to assist proceed the event of the research of ship graveyards and to glean insights from watercraft discard behaviors. In 2013, I used to be lucky to co-edit a ebook with Sami Seeb that highlighted a few of the views of students on this space (as The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment, Springer Press). In 2022, I nonetheless really feel I’ve the identical motivations, however I feel I’ve turn into extra enthusiastic about speaking how behavioral archaeological approaches proceed to have relevance and utility to maritime archaeological topics. Realizing ship abandonment may be very a lot a distinct segment topic, I’d hope the viewers would come with a broad cross-section of maritime researchers, from college students and avocational audiences to heritage managers and teachers.
MM: Now that you’ve printed this ebook, what sorts of issues are you dreaming up subsequent? What’s within the works?
NR: As an adherent to Michael B. Schiffer’s work, I’m enthusiastic about analysis themes that run the size and breadth of the themes he wrote about over many a long time relating to archaeological website formation and technological innovation and alter – however tailored to the maritime area. I’ve partial manuscripts involved with the use-lives of particular person vessels and fleets (wrecked and deserted watercraft) to themes of technological adaptation and human company. The websites vary from fleets of deserted barges run aground within the Caribbean, ferrous-hulled shipwrecks misplaced in areas like Hawai’i, and amphibious touchdown craft within the sounds of North Carolina. I simply want to search out the time to complete one!

Because of SHA for the chance to publish a 2nd version of the work.


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