The Re-Assessment and Reconstruction of Excavated Boats
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2007
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 254–264, September 2007
How to Cite
McGrail, S. (2007), The Re-Assessment and Reconstruction of Excavated Boats. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 36: 254–264. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2007.00158.x
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2007
- prehistoric boats;
- ‘as-found’ models;
- reconstruction models;
- seagoing craft;
- river ferries;
- E. V. Wright.
In response to papers by John Coates and by Owain Roberts, the author re-evaluates mid- to late-20th-century reconstruction drawings and models of prehistoric sewn-plank boats Ferriby 1 and Brigg 2. He concludes that an impartial and informed group should re-examine all surviving evidence for these boats and then build a small-scale ‘as-found’ model of each one. After being subjected to criticism, these models could become the basis for generally-agreed reconstruction models of the original form and structure of these two boats. A similar process would be the best way ahead for the Dover sewn-plank boat.
© 2007 The Author