Glossary and essential resources
It is impossible to create a definitive glossary covering all of the terminology relating to Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds, so we will indicate several sources of information that you may want to bookmark and refer to throughout the course.
- The National Maritime Museum provides a good explanation of different boat and shipbuilding methods, including the very important differences between shell first and frame first construction.
- www.MaritimeArchaeology.com glossary. This website features four useful glossaries:
- Glossary of nautical terms
- Glossary of ship construction terms
- Glossary of rig types, sails and rigging
- Glossary of navigation terms
- Underwater Archaeology Glossary This is an online glossary for common oceanography terms. It is run by the Nordic Underwater Archaeology group and is a great starting point for any words that are unfamiliar.
- Glossary of Archaeological/Anthropological Terms This is a comprehensive glossary created by archaeolink.com
- Glossary of Archaeological Terms A simple glossary created by West Virginia Division of Culture and History
- British Archaeological Jobs Resource Glossary of Common Archaeological Terms Five page PDF.
- Archaeological Institute of America - Introduction to Archaeology: Glossary
We have also created various resources that we will refer to in detail later on in the course, but we thought it may be helpful to link to all of the key supporting resources within one step, so that you can easily refer back to them.
We will also refer to various kinds of boats and their parts. In Know your boat, we explain what the parts are.
If you want an introductory text to accompany the course, you might want to read:
- Archaeology Underwater: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice - Nautical Archaeological Society
- Maritime archaeology - Keith Muckelroy
It is worth noting that while Muckelroy’s text is now over 35 years old, we still see it as relevant to the discipline today. We have published a separate blog post on this to explain why.
N.B. There is no expectation that you will buy/read these books, but we are aware that some learners want to develop their knowledge further.
During the course, we will be referring to two timelines:
- Maritime Archaeology - The development of a discipline
- The Archaeology of Seafaring through the Ages
We will also refer to a number of locations that can be viewed on this map.
We will not be testing your knowledge of terminology beyond the two key differences in constructional technique in the multiple choice quiz!
We are aware that we have a diverse community of learners and are happy to share resources that relate to your part of the world. The links shared below were shared by some of our international learners.
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