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Keywords:

  • wooden model boats;
  • toys;
  • north-west Europe;
  • 9th–19th centuries

Funereal, votive or shipbuilders’ model boats and ships have been quite well documented in the past, but little research has been undertaken into other wooden models from north-west Europe. There have been over 160 found during archaeological excavations, dating from the 9th to the 19th centuries. A study of these ‘toys’ is not just a study of objects among the minor arts, but reflects a far more important aspect—a source for interpreting remains of full-size vessels, the hypothetical reconstruction of hull-forms and exploration of new ways of defining unknown vessel-types.

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