ABOUT THE BOOK
After an introduction to the topic of maritime archaeology and an account of the way maritime archaeologists work, Sean McGrail describes the building and use of rafts, boats and ships in north-west Europe up to about 1500. The evidence for early sea voyages and for navigation without instruments is surveyed and there follows a summary of present knowledge about early water transport in the Mediterranean, Arabia, India, south-east Asia, China, Australia, the south Pacific and the Americas. There is a glossary of technical terms, a list of places to visit and guidance on further reading. This volume is a revised and expanded version of Ancient Boats, first published in the Shire Archaeology series in 1983.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sean McGrail served in the Royal Navy from 1946 to 1968, the last sixteen years as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, and qualified as a Master Mariner. Since 1993 he has been Visiting Professor at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton.