

Reasearch and Reconstruction of Ships 

ANTH616 

Instructors: Dr. Filipe Castro (fvcastro@tamu.edu) 

Every Fall Semester 







Ship Reconstruction Laboratory 







Classes 













Class Time: Tuesday, 9:10 AM
 12:20 PM 





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Intellectual content 

This course is an introduction to the basic technical skills required for the recording, representing and interpreting of archaeological old remains. During their first semester in the Nautical Archaeology Program students are introduced to the history and theoretical basis of nautical archaeology as a discipline, in ANTH611  Nautical Archaeology, and learn the basic concepts of the history of wooden shipbuilding in ANTH615  History of Shipbuilding Technology. ANTH616 gives the students a practical approach to the conceptualization and design of a ship. From the intellectual content point of view, this course is divided in three parts: recording a shipwreck, reconstructing a ship from its archaeological remains, and producing a comprehensive ship project. Upon completion of ANTH616 students are expected to be familiar
with: 



Teaching strategy 

This course is a handson course that requires many hours weekly of intense work. Students are expected to attend a ninetyminute lecture once a week, where the basic theoretical rules are explained and the weekly readings are discussed. Almost all classes are available on my website in Power Point format. The remaining time is spent solving problems and making practical exercises. During the semester students must complete six short exercises and a final project. The exercises consist mainly of practical training in recording and drafting ship's parts, learning specific computer software, and developing a clear concept of desired accuracy; namely the relation between time, money and relevance of the data retrieved. The final project consists of a complete study of a ship chosen by the students. Each student must select a vessel type and develop a full set of line drawings, construction drawings, and a paper in which his options and choices are described and explained. 



Learning assessment 

Students are encouraged to interact closely with the instructor during the course, as questions will continually arise from the intense research required to produce the final project. Student performance is carefully supervised, as they complete the six short projects, and produce their drawings in the "Ship Lab", adjacent to my office. This course is intellectually demanding on both students and faculty, and it is not uncommon for students to bring sleeping bags and coffee machines to the anthropology building during the last month of the semester. There is no need to test the students' knowledge in a formal way, as it is not possible to pass this course without learning the basic concepts. 





