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Keywords:

  • carpentry;
  • dockyard;
  • slip;
  • Woolwich

This paper outlines the archaeological evidence found at the demolished Royal Naval Dockyard at Woolwich for the development and construction of dockyard structures of the 18th to early-19th centuries. This is set within the framework provided by historic, documentary, map and historic-model evidence. The results of earlier excavations at the same facility are also reviewed. The themes covered include; the interplay of ‘carpentry’ versus ‘shipwrightry’ in dockyard construction, aspects of naval timber-supply and landscape, the recycling of ships' timbers, dockyard craft specialisation and changing relative sea-levels.

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