The Archaeology of Shipwrecks: Treasuring the past?
Date: Monday, April 2, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM
- 02:00 PM
Location: Science Building, Room 270 (History Lounge)
Sponsor: Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Humanities
Contact: Peter Biella, Chair of Anthropology
Phone: (415) 338-2046
To the media and in the minds of the general public "maritime archaeology" often suggests the study of shipwrecks, perhaps because of the prominent role they played in the development of the subject over the last half century. In reality maritime archaeology encompasses all past human activity relating to seas, interconnected waterways and adjacent locales. But ships and ancient seafaring nevertheless remain a significant focus for research. Unfortunately it is not only archaeologists for whom shipwrecks hold a fascination but those whose motivation is rather more commercial. This lecture reviews current research, reviews some dramatic discoveries and asks in what ways should we treasure the past?
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