De-particularizing the particular: Approaches to the investigation of well-documented post-medieval shipwrecks

Authors
Citation
C. Martin, De-particularizing the particular: Approaches to the investigation of well-documented post-medieval shipwrecks, WORLD ARCHA, 32(3), 2001, pp. 383-399
Citations number
27
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
383 - 399
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200102)32:3<383:DTPATT>2.0.ZU;2-I
Abstract
Post-medieval shipwrecks are rich repositories of archaeological evidence w ith closed and closely integrated contexts. Their value is often enhanced b y extensive documentary material. Viewed on its own terms, such evidence, t hough often of great interest, can lead to an over-particularist approach. Set into wider contexts, however, shipwrecks can be regarded as wide-rangin g paradigms of the societies to which they belong, and approaches to their study directed accordingly. This paper seeks to demonstrate the benefits of combining particularist and generalist methodologies to the investigation of shipwrecks, with reference to the study of artillery, measuring techniqu es, and pottery from wrecks of the 1588 Spanish Armada, and of structural e vidence from the wreck of a small seventeenth-century AD English warship.