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Unit information: Maritime Cultures in 2015/16

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Unit name Maritime Cultures
Unit code ARCH30024
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Mark Horton
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to the cultures that faced the sea, and the technology by which humans have succeeded in using the maritime environment for trade, exploration, and warfare. The unit will extend from the earliest watercraft into the modern period, and will be global in its scope.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to:

1) Discuss the ways in which human cultures have used and conceptualised the sea in their own development

2) Identify the technology of boats and ships and navigation methods, and their significant developments and building methods

3) Summarise watercraft n a global view

4) Discuss major themes based on documentary and/or archaeological evidence

Teaching Information

  • One 2 hr lecture each week
  • One 1 hr seminar every other week for five weeks
  • One 8 hr fieldtrip

Assessment Information

  • One 3000 word essay (60%)
  • One 15 minute seminar presentation (40%)

Reading and References

Anderson, A., J. Barrett, and K. Boyle, eds. 2010. The Global Origins and Development of Seafaring. Oxbow books.

Babits, L & H. Van Tilburg (eds.). 1998. Maritime Archaeology: A Reader of Substantive and Theoretical Contributions. Plenum Press.

Cunliffe, Barry. 2001. Facing the Ocean. Oxford University Press.

Green, J. 2004. Maritime Archaeology, A Technical Handbook. Elsevier Academic Press, London.

McGrail, S. 2001. Boats of the World. Cambridge University Press.

Steffy, J.R. 1994. Wooden Ship Building and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks. Texas A & M University Press, College Station, Texas.