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Beneath the Seven Seas

Beneath the Seven Seas
Author: George F. Bass
ISBN 13: 9780500051368
ISBN 10: 500051364
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
List Price: $39.95

Firsthand accounts from around the world of more than forty of the most important shipwreck and sunken-city projects ever undertaken.

From the Pacific to the Mediterranean, from the Caribbean to the Red Sea, from northern Europe and the northern United States to the Indian Ocean, archaeologists vividly describe shipwrecks from centuries past, from the oldest and deepest ever excavated to the remains of battles in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II.

Readers will dive nearly 200 feet with Cemal Pulak on a royal ship that sank over 3,300 years ago off the Aegean coast of Turkey, and explore with Donny Hamilton the streets and houses of the richest English colony in the New World, the infamous pirate stronghold of Port Royal, Jamaica, swallowed by the sea in 1692. They will accompany famed undersea explorer Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, as he and Cheryl Ward search for shipwrecks in the deep, oxygen-free waters of the Black Sea. They will wade with archaeologist Fred Hocker through mud along the bank of a South Carolina river, and then sail through a gale with Susan Womer Katzev on a full-scale replica of the best-preserved ancient Greek ship yet raised from the depths of the Mediterranean.

The book describes the tragic loss, within sight of their loved ones, of seamen returning home to Portugal in 1606, at the end of a two-year voyage to the East on the Nossa Senhora dos Martires, and then describes the fate of the crew of another Portuguese ship, the Santo Antonio de Tanna, which sank off Mombasa, Kenya, while trying to lift the siege of Fort Jesus by Omani Arabs in 1697. It describes the foods, games,weapons, tools, and grooming implements on a ship sailed by Bulgarian merchants around AD 1025, carrying as cargo the largest known collections of medieval Islamic glass and glazed pottery. 350 color illustrations.

Library Journal

Bass (emeritus, Texas A&M Univ.; Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas) is a pioneer in the field of nautical archaeology. The first person to fully excavate an ancient shipwreck on the seabed, and founder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), he brings together in this handsomely illustrated book accounts by many distinguished archaeologists associated with the INA. They tell of the discovery, excavation, and preservation of more than 40 shipwrecks-and one sunken city-the world over, from ancient times through the Byzantine, medieval, and Renaissance eras and on through World War II. The shipwrecks featured range from an ancient Sea of Galilee fishing boat to the Titanic and a D-day landing craft. The sunken city is Port Royal, Jamaica, engulfed in 1692. Each narrative, rich in detail and insight, covers the planning, execution, and significance of the project and the meticulous work carried out at the site and with the excavated objects afterward. The color photography includes magnificent deep-sea shots as well as closeups of recovered artifacts. The text is framed by Bass's introduction to each chronological section, giving historical context and the significance of the excavation. A work about reconstructing, and sometimes rewriting history through nautical archaeology, this book will appeal to general readers and specialists alike in nautical archaeology. Strongly recommended.-Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.