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Keywords:

  • carvel;
  • shipwreck;
  • Gustav Eriksson Vasa;
  • agency;
  • state formation;
  • Sweden

We report recent fieldwork on an early-16th-century wreck in the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden. The discovery not only provides new insights into early carvel shipbuilding and its adoption across northern Europe but manifests the changing role of ships and the nature of power and agency in the process of state formation at the dawn of the modern world.

© 2012 The Authors