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
a) the particular vocabulary of shipbuilding;
b) the basic rules and methods to map an archaeological site;
c) the basic rules and methods to record hull remains: how
to quantify and represent 3D curves on paper and how to produce a clear and comprehensive set of documents with
all relevant records pertaining to a particular set of ship's hull remains;
d) the basic principles of ship construction, in terms of
the structural components of a ship and its construction sequence;
e) the process of designing a ship's hull in the three standard
views of the so-called "lines drawings";
f) the basic rules to reconstruct an archaeologically excavated
ship's hull or, in other words, to formulate an "educated guess" about the probable size, shape and structural
composition of the ship under study;
g) the standards for graphic representation of ship's hulls
and their components;
h) the basic arithmetic of hull analysis.