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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsDR JESSE RANSLEY: This week we're going to be exploring seafaring worlds in the past through a series of shipwreck case studies. With an estimated three million shipwrecks out there, we can't cover them all but we'll be looking at a series of case studies from different parts of the world and different eras and we're really interested in hearing about seafaring and shipwrecks in your part of the world.

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2. This week we’ll be looking at shipwrecks and exploring what they can tell us about the world they came from.

With more than 800,000 years of seafaring history, we won’t be attempting to cover everything, but will draw on the research expertise of our Shipwrecks Team to provide a series of case studies from different parts of the globe.

We’ll move forward in time – from the earliest seafarers in Flores, through the ancient Mediterranean world and medieval northern Europe, to the end of the nineteenth century, global seafaring and empire in the Age of Sail.

Along the way, we’re hoping to hear about shipwrecks and seafaring in your part of the world, so that together we can fill our interactive time line with diverse examples of past seafaring worlds.

By the end of this week you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between direct and indirect archaeological evidence for early seafaring
  • Describe the major developments in boat and ship technology
  • List at least 5 case studies of shipwrecks
  • Critique the use of iconography for gaining information about seafaring in the past
  • Give examples of goods traded by sea
  • Describe in what way the Age of Sail contributed to the construction of European Empire

Remember, when you’ve finished a step just click the pink ‘Mark as complete’ button. This will allow you to see at a glance which steps you have completed on your ‘to do’ list, and so you can see how much you’ve completed on your Progress page.

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Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology

University of Southampton

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