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Designing the 11th-century-AD vessel from Serçe Limanı, Turkey


  • Matthew Harpster

    1. Department of Archaeology and Art History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, via Mersin–10, Turkey
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A previous article investigated the methods used to design the 9th-century vessel from Bozburun, Turkey, and a basic methodology emerged which combined Richard Steffy's emphasis on the comprehensive deconstruction of a hull with the segregation of hull-construction into the phases of conception, design and assembly. This article tests this methodology by applying it to the 11th-century craft from Serçe Limanı, a vessel studied and reconstructed by Steffy. It discusses the resulting design-method, the similarities between this method and that used on the Bozburun vessel, and how we gain insight into changes in the maritime community which built these ships.

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