Archaeology and the Sea
in Scandinavia and Britain
A personal account by Ole Crumlin Pedersen
Half a century ago, archaeology entered a new field of work with the excavation of ancient ships found under water. A new discipline emerged: maritime archaeology.
In this book, Ole Crumlin-Pedersen, the Danish pioneer of maritime archaeology, gives a fascinating overview of more than forty of years of work.
Beginning with the natural conditions for seafaring, the author explains the evolution of basic water craft into those plank-built, sail-carrying ships which enabled the seaborne activities of the Viking Age and the following medieval period, concluding with case studies of the maritime cultural landscape of Roskilde Fjord and the ship as symbol.
The themes of this volume were first presented in six Rhind Lectures for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in Edinburgh in 2008.
Archaeology and the Sea in Scandinavia and Britain has been generously sponsored by Dronning Margrethes og Prins Henriks Fond, Nordea-fonden, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond and Velux Fonden.
About the book
Archaeology and the Sea in Scandinavia and Britain. A personal account.
Maritime Culture of the North, Volume 3. Roskilde 2010. 184 pages, richly illustrated, hard cover, ISBN 978-87-85180-05-6 Price: DKK 349/€ 47.
The new volume will be introduced at a reception in the Viking Ship Museum on Wednesday, 5th May, 2:30-4:00 pm.