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Out Now: Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Trade in the Mediterranean


Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Trade in the Mediterranean
Editors: Damian Robinson and Andrew Wilson
OCMA Monograph 6, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, 2011
250p, 36 col photos, 125 col and b/w illus. Oxford, Oxbow Books

Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Trade in the Mediterranean comprises twelve papers that look at the shifting patterns of maritime trade as seen through archaeological evidence across the economic cycle of Classical Antiquity. Papers range from an initial study of Egyptian ship wrecks dating from the sixth to fifth century BC from the submerged harbour of Heracleion-Thonis through to studies of connectivity and trade in the eastern Mediterranean during the Late Antique period. The majority of the papers, however, focus on the high point in ancient maritime trade during the Roman period and examine developments in shipping, port facilities and trading routes.


Introduction: Maritime archaeology and the ancient economy (Andrew Wilson and Damian Robinson)
1. The Shipwrecks of Heracleion-Thonis. Preliminary study and research perspectives (David Fabre)
2. Developments in Mediterranean shipping and maritime trade from the Hellenistic period to AD 1000 (Andrew Wilson)
3. Ancient sailing routes and trade patterns: the impact of human factors (Pascal Arnaud)
4. Ceramic assemblages and ports (Candace Rice)
5. Constructing port hierarchies: harbours of the central Tyrrhenian coast (Katia Schörle)
6. Technology, innovation and trade: research on the engineering characteristics of Roman maritime concrete (John Peter Oleson, Christopher Brandon and Robert L. Hohlfelder)
7. Heracleion-Thonis and Alexandria, two ancient emporia of Egypt (Franck Goddio)
8. Lapis transmarinus: stone-carrying ships and the maritime distribution of stone in the Roman Empire (Ben Russell)
9. Dolia Shipwrecks and the Roman wine trade (Karen Heslin)
10. Location, location, location: characterizing coastal and inland production and distribution of Roman African cooking wares (Victoria Leitch)
11. A reconstruction of the maritime trade patterns originating from western Asia Minor during late Antiquity, on the basis of ceramic evidence (Theodore Papaioannou)
12. Maritime connectivity in Late Antique Lycia: a tale of two cities,Aperlae and Andriake (Robert Hohlfelder)

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