Maritime Archaeology and Social Relations: British Action in by Virginia Dellino-Musgrave

By Virginia Dellino-Musgrave

This booklet analyses British motion within the Southern hemisphere within the past due 18th century, interpreting Royal army ships, one off the Argentinean coast and one off the Southeast Australian coast. the writer is going past a descriptive research of wrecks through treating them and their cargoes as embodiments of 18th century social family. The booklet demanding situations conventional methods, supplying a standpoint that emphasises the richness, range and complexity of British motion.

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1999; Orser 1996a; Paynter 2000). e. European expansion walked hand in hand with the circulation of goods, people and ideas and shipping was an important component on this movement. However, this approach seems to be forgotten by the above-mentioned studies. For example, Adams et al. (2001) examine the flow of commodities to Alaska but the maritime component is overlooked (Adams et al 2001). Matthew Johnson recognises that his studies have focused on the built environment and portable goods in England and that he has therefore omitted how these goods arrive to England (Matthew Johnson pers.

Friedman 1994: 12; Leone & Potter Jr. 1988b: 7; Wolf 1982). 5 MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY Maritime archaeology has strong links with both historical and contact study archaeology because so many underwater sites found to date are related to historical moments or as Beaudry defined it, documentary archaeology (see Beaudry 1993a: 1-3). Sites of maritime activity and sunken watercraft are segments of the archaeological resource because they were part of a dynamic landscape of human action; they were elements of a larger historical context (Anuskiewicz 1998).

I assume that the material world was constantly implicated in constructing identities. For example, the everyday life domains and the conscious and unconscious expression of British identities manifested in the material culture transported in British ships and available in colonial settlements, the location of British settlements, their link with land and sea and other British colonies integrated in this way in a global chain of actions. Therefore, I argue that historical, contact and maritime archaeology are not different disciplines or separated from each other.

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