01 Nautical Archeology - ANTH318 Nautical Archaeology of...

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Unformatted text preview: ANTH318 Nautical Archaeology of the Americas WHAT IS ARCHAEOLOGY IT IS A SOCIAL SCIENCE THAT TRIES TO UNDERSTAND THE PAST BY STUDYING ARTIFACTS, THE MATERIAL REMAINS, IN THE ARCHAEOLOGIC RECORD. SHIPWRECKS ARE LIKE TIME CAPSULES- BECAUSE THEY EACH ENCOMPASS A SPECIFIC MOMENT OF TIME IN THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORD THE LARGEST ARTIFACT IS THE SHIP, ITSELF. One of the most complex and sophisticated structures built by societies Often vessels were built by sight alone. AN EXCAVATION IS A COMPLEX 3-D PUZZLE WITH MOST OF THE PIECES MISSING AND MANY THAT MAY NOT BE RECOGNIZABLE. THEREFORE, A SLOPPY EXCAVATION OR SALVAGE JOB CAN RESULT IN THE LOSS OF INPORTANT INFORMATION. FOR EXAMPLE, THE USS CAIRO , 1862 Built in 1862 the USS Cairo was one of seven ironclad river gunboats, known as the Pook Turtles after their designer, Samuel Pook. With 14 guns, this floating fortress was lauched in January 1862 to operate on the Mississippi River. Later it moved to the Tennesse River, taking part in the occupation of Clarksville and Nashville....
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course ANTH 318 taught by Professor Oertling during the Spring '09 term at Texas A&M University-Galveston.

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01 Nautical Archeology - ANTH318 Nautical Archaeology of...

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