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SCUBA divers exploring the upturned fuselage of an underwater aircraft wreck
SCUBA divers exploring the upturned fuselage of an underwater aircraft wreck

Explore further - extended reading

This step contains links to articles and videos about maritime archaeology and recent research and discoveries. There is no expectation that you will read (or watch) all of the links that have been listed. These items are not essential to the course, but we are aware that many learners are keen to develop their knowledge in specific areas. We would recommend that you dip into this step and when you have participated as much as you wish that you mark it as complete.

  • Ancient Greece: a world in evolution. Animated map with voice over about Greek trade routes.

  • The Volga Vikings. 45 minute podcast from In Our Time where Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Volga Vikings. Between the 8th and the 10th centuries AD, fierce Scandinavian warriors raided and then settled large swathes of Europe, particularly Britain, Ireland and parts of Northern France. These were the Vikings, and their story is well known today. far fewer people realise that groups of Norsemen also travelled east. These Volga Vikings also known as the Rus, crossed the Baltic into present-day Russia and the Ukraine and funded settlements there. They traded commodities including furs and slaves for Islamic silver, and penetrated so far east as to reach Baghdad. Their activities were documented by Arab scholars: one Ahmadi ibn Fadlan, recorded that the Volga Vikings he met were perfect physical specimens but also “the filthiest of God’s creatures”. Through trade and culture they brought West and East into regular contact; their story sheds light on both Scandinavian and early Islamic history.

  • Mary Rose and Vasa. An article in Archaeology by James P. Delgado.

  • The raising of the Mary Rose. In this 2007 History Today article, David Childs argues that Mary Rose the Tudor battleship which was raised from the depths in 1982, represented the beginning of British naval greatness.

  • Sea stallion from Glendalough Watch a video about the Viking ship replica’s construction and first voyage. (3:03)

  • Execution of Captain Kidd by Richard Cavendish in History Today. 2001 article in which Richard Cavendish recalls the death of the pirate William Kidd, executed on May 23rd, 1701.

  • Clip from BBC’s Coast on solving longitude. Mark Horton investigates how Britain went about solving the big navigational question. (4:04).

  • Reconstructing famous ships. This BBC website by Barrie Andrian is from 2005. It includes information about a variety of reconstructed ships

  • Three news stories relating to the sale of a collection of over 1700 photographs of shipwrecks on the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:

  • History’s 10 greatest wrecks… according to Archaeology Many of the wrecks described in this article are covered in this course. Do you agree with the list?

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