Maritime Studies in the Wake of the Byzantine Shipwreck at Yassiada, Turkey
Nautical Archaeology - Archaeology
8.5 x 11, 272 pp.
32 b&w photos. 12 maps. 26 line art. 22 graphs. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 07/10/2015
Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series
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Maritime Studies in the Wake of the Byzantine Shipwreck at Yassiada, Turkey

Edited by Deborah N. Carlson, Justin Leidwanger, and Sarah M. Kampbell

In 2007 a symposium was held at Texas A&M University to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Texas A&M University Press’s publication of the first volume reporting the Yassiada shipwreck site. Seventeen papers from that symposium featured in this book broadly illustrate such varied topics as ships and seafaring life, maritime trade, naval texts, commercial cargoes, and recent developments in the analysis of the Yassiada ship itself.

DEBORAH N. CARLSON is an associate professor and the Sara W. and George O. Yamini fellow in the department of anthropology at Texas A&M University. She is also president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. SARA M. KAMPBELL is a graduate of the TAMU nautical archaeology program. She holds a PhD in history from Princeton University. JUSTIN LEIDWANGER is an assistant professor of classics at Stanford University.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Maritime Studies in the Wake of the Byzantine Shipwreck at Yassiada, Turkey is a great rediscovery of the wreck at Yassiada in light of recent archaeological research.  It provides a renewed image of Mediterranean trade in late antiquity and the effectiveness of the techniques used for its organization, which opened the way for a real 'naval revolution.' This book is essential for specialists interested in the Roman and medieval economy."— Dominique Pieri

"The exploration of the Yassiada shipwreck (1961-4) by George F. Bass and Fred van Doorninck resulted in a pioneering and exemplary study followed by others of the same team (e.g. Serçe Limani also considered in this book). It spurred other researches notably in France, represented here by two leading scholars  (P. Pomey and  E. Rieth) and Italy. It provided the model for the study of the spectacular discoveries of the 37 Byzantine seventh- through tenth-century shipwrecks in the silted Theodosian harbor (Yenikapi) in Istanbul, uncovered during construction of the train station at the end of the tunnel dug under the Marmara. C. Pulak shows that these exceptional discoveries confirm and enlarge the insights and theories developed by van Doorninck and Steffy, while applying newer technology.

The present book offers a reconsideration and further analysis of Yassiada material together with a look into other Byzantine shipwrecks from France, Italy, and Turkey.  It concludes with new insights into maritime contacts in the Mediterranean, ending with one of their most famous and portentous manifestations, the shift of Crusades from their mainly terrestrial advance (cheminement) in the 1090s-1150s to maritime transportation from the 1180s onward.  Both an update of past results and an exploration of future tracks of inquiries, after Yassi Ada 1, this book is another milestone in medieval naval archaeology, an indispensable reference for scholars and readers fascinated by Mediterranean seamanship in the fifth through twelfth centuries."--Cécile Morrisson, editor of Trade and Markets in Byzantium


"The Yassi Ada ship steers us into the largely uncharted waters of the seventh century, whilst the papers in this book takes the voyage down to the present day. They illustrate how splendidly maritime archaeology creates exciting new networks across both time and space."--Paul Arthur, Chair in Medieval Archaeology, University of Salento, Italy

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