Journal of Maritime Archaeology
Journal of Maritime Archaeology is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles relating to maritime archaeology, both terrestrial and underwater, covering "all aspects of the human past in maritime environments both in historical times and remote prehistory." It is the major journal for theoretical contributions for maritime archaeology. The journal published its first issue in 2006.
Editors: Jon Adams, Annalies Corbin, and Athena Trakadas
Editorial Board: Dionisius Agius, Lucy Blue, Giulia Boetto, Richard Bradley, P.J. Cherian, Justin Dix, Jerzy Gawronski, Matthew Johnson, Emad Khalil, Thijs Maarleveld, Sean McGrail, David Mindell, Nathan Richards, Jonathan Sharfman, Fraser Sturt, Robert Van de Noort, Helen Farr
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Local Resources, Global Heritage: An Introduction to the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural HeritageAmanda M. Evans, Matthew A. Russell, Margaret E. Leshikar-Denton
On January 2, 2009, the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage entered into force, setting an international precedent for the protection and preservation of underwater archaeological resources and providing guidelines for site management and responsible investigation. Historically, submerged cultural resources, particularly shipwrecks, have been exploited primarily for their potential monetary value. Over the last 50 years archaeologists have challenged this perception, demonstrating the cultural and scientific value of submerged cultural resources.
December 2010, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 79-83
‘The Social’ and Beyond: Introducing Actor-Network TheoryJim S. Dolwick
In recent years, it has been suggested (e.g. TAG 2002, 2006; IKUWA3 2008) that it is necessary for the discipline to move beyond the study of ships and boats towards the ‘wider social contexts’ of seafaring and maritime activity. This paper investigates the contours of ‘social’ as an object of study. Two questions are asked: (1) how is this object defined within sociology, classical and contemporary social theory, and archaeology; and (2) what is the status of nonhumans, physical-material things, artefacts, plants, animals, etc.? After taking a look at several different theories, it is argued that it is not necessary for us to move beyond ships and boats. Instead, an alternative approach is offered, one that allows us to move beyond the restrictive ontology of the social.
June 2009, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 21-49
The Flintlock Site (8JA1763): An Unusual Underwater Deposit in the Apalachicola River, FloridaChristopher E. Horrell, Della A. Scott-Ireton, Roger C. Smith, James Levy, Joe Knetsch
In the fall of 2001, staff of the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research were led by river divers to an underwater site in the Apalachicola River containing a large concentration of prehistoric and historic artifacts lying on the riverbed. Subsequent inspection of the submerged river bank and scoured limestone river channel revealed a myriad of objects, which included iron fasteners, metal tools and implements, broken glass bottles, stone projectile points, scattered bricks and stone blocks, and other materials. Discovery of two large fragments of a wooden watercraft, a bayonet, a copper arrowhead, and flintlock gun barrels initially prompted researchers to hypothesize that the site might represent the remains of a U.S. Army boat that was attacked in 1817 by Seminole Indians while en route upriver. The episode, which caused the deaths of more than 30 soldiers and several women who were aboard the boat, led to the First Seminole War and the U.S. Army invasion of Florida. To investigate this hypothesis, a systematic survey of the riverbed was undertaken in the spring of 2002 to record underwater features and recover additional diagnostic artifacts. These activities employed side-scan sonar as well as diver visual investigations. This paper presents a case study of the value and broader significance of aggregate data where interpretation was underpinned by artefactual, historical and environmental analysis.
June 2009, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 5-19