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Boats of the World


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1: Sources and Themes 2: Egypt 3: Arabia 4: The Mediterranean 5: Atlantic Europe 6: India 7: Greater Australia 8: South-East Asia 9: Oceania 10: China 11: The Americas 12: Early Water Transport

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Sean McGrail was in the Royal Navy from 1946 to 1968 and is a Master Mariner. He is also currently visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, carries out fieldwork in South Asia for the Society for South Asian Studies (British Academy), and was formerly Professor of Maritime Archaeology, University of Oxford.


a broad and scientifically-based, easily-available and affordable compendium that may serve as a starting point for almost any new maritime project. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology ... attractively produced with many enticing illustrations to whet the appetite of the browser ... [McGrail's] use of iconographic, ethnographic and historical evidence is highly impressive. Journal for Maritime Research Produced to an exemplary standard in an attractive double-column format, it provides clear and commendably concise summary of this rapidly expanding sub-discipline ... This impressive body of magisterial synthesis should be made available as widely as possible. Mariner's Mirror The book is well produced and the illustrations are both clear and lavish ... the evidence and the discussions are clearly set out, making it an accessible book for the non-specialist and specialist alike to use. Boats of the World will be an invaluable source for the study of ancient watercraft for many years to come. Ian Friel

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