Wooden Ship Building and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks (Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology) Paperback – 26 Oct 2011

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"After decades of careful, diligent, single-minded devotion, during which he practically invented the field
of scientific shipwreck reconstruction, Steffy has done what every academic pioneer should do (but most do not): he has
set it all down in a book. . . . this book occupies a unique niche in the literature on wooden shipbuilding and ship
archaeology." --;/div>--Donald H. Keith "The American Neptune "

"The book has three parts, all superbly illustrated and fully referenced . . . this book is a surpassing achievement,
and will be the basic text on ship and boat archaeology for years to come."--;/div>--David Gibbons "Antiquity "

" . . . a work that is both erudite and lively. Teeming with photographs and diagrams, Steffy's book details exactly how
ancient vessels were built (with much more skill and sophistication than was previously thought) and how archaeologists
and ship enthusiasts have deduced their information. Steffy's enthusiasm is infectious, as is his admiration for the
shipbuilders of the past and the researchers of today."--Islands--Islands

"Steffy's work on analysis of construction and techniques for documentation, from gridding a located wreck to working on
a reconstruction, is first class. . . . Highly recommended." --Choice--CHOICE

"Dick Steffy must be known by reputation, if not personally, throughout the world of nautical archaeology. This
unassuming man's utterances about the archaeology of boats and all that entails demand attention, since he is one of
those very rare persons who has applied a considerable practical talent and intellect to the understanding and
reconstruction of ancient wrecks for over thirty years. Also during that time he has taught at the Texas A&M University.
There is nothing quite like teaching for creating order out of the knowledge gained elsewhere. His conclusions and
assessments are original and sound, unlike some writers who are uncertain purveyors of the work of others. . . . a quite
remarkable and readable book on the subject of gleaning the maximum information from ancient wrecks. . . . Dick Steffy
has created a book quite unlike any available. It is accessible to readers from every level of attainment without ever
being simplistic. The book combines clarity, warmth of style and authoritative writing to such a degree that it must
become a major work of reference." --International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, No. 3--International Journal of
Nautical Archaeology, No. 3

" . . . the format and clear style should appeal to anyone with an interest in wooden ships."--Sea History--Sea History

" . . . an awesome piece of scholarship that will, I think, take its place as a standard work in maritime history and
archaeology. . . . Taken as a whole, this book is the nearest thing to an `ultimate glossary' of terminology pertaining
to wooden ship construction I have encountered even in relation to other redoubtable sources . . . "--Journal of Field
Archaeology--Journal of Field Archaeology

"What distinguishes this work from other classics in this field is the author's excellent interpretation of accumulated
data. . . . a milestone in the progress of modern archaeology. . . . the text acts as a Rosetta Stone between
archaeological description and the overall field of maritime history, adding a great deal of knowledge to a specialty
which has heretofore sailed only the coastline of written texts."--Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord--Northern
Mariner/Le Marin du Nord

"Destined to become both a genre classic and a respected textbook, this work takes us through each historic era, from
ancient Egypt to Federal America, illustrating each with one or more studied shipwrecks. . . . this book perfectly
follows the highest level of academic paradigm, the format that we should demand from all writers and publishers of
reference works."--Seaways' Ships in Scale--Seaways' Ships in Scale

". . . should be on the bookshelf of any archaeologist who works on the maritime side of his discipline or who teaches
courses in the practical aspects of archaeological work. . . . In all, this is a thorough textbook, and good
reading."--WoodenBoat--WoodenBoat

About the Author
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J. RICHARD STEFFY'S lifelong interest in ships and seafaring was directed toward nautical archaeology in the
mid-1960s. Since then, he has been involved in numerous shipwreck excavation projects in Europe, Asia, and North
America. His most recent research has been directed toward ancient and early medieval craft. He was awarded a MacArthur
Foundation fellowship in 1985 in recognition of his contributions to the field. He was the Sara W. and George O. Yamini
Professor of Nautical Archaeology, Emeritus, at Texas A&M University and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.

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