Here follows an abstract of the introduction published in the proceedings of the seminar:
The 10th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology was held in Roskilde, Denmark 21-25 September, 2003 and was attended by more than 200 participants from 26 countries.
The host institutions were the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, the National Museum of Denmark’s Institute of Maritime Archaeology (NMU) and the Centre for Maritime Archaeology of the University of Southampton.
The theme of the meeting was ‘Connected by the Sea’, to emphasise the role of the sea, seafaring and watercraft as bridges rather than barriers between cultures.
Although the symposium was primarily funded by the sponsoring institutions from their operating funds and by the participants’ fees, grants were most gratefully received from the Danish Humanities Research Council and from Queen Margrethe’s Fund.
The proceedings of the seminar were published in 2006 in the monograph ’Connected by the Sea’, edited by Lucy Blue, Fred Hocker & Anton Englert