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Unformatted text preview: - started in the 80s There is no meaningful study of the past, therefore, without some knowledge of the history of the watercraft that helped shape our globe as we know it Why study marine archaeology?- Ships are artifacts- for a great period of history, ships are the most complex and technologically advanced things that people make- Ships were the primary vectors of European expansion *vector= straight line; the means to get from point A to point B- Trade and colonization- on a wreck, you can tell what was important to people for starting a new life in the wilderness- Shipboard life- sailors are a unique subculture- Pompeii effect...
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- Spring '08