a broad and scientifically-based, easily-available and affordable compendium that may serve as a starting point for almost any new maritime project. ( International Journal of Nautical Archaeology)
... attractively produced with many enticing illustrations to whet the appetite of the browser ... [McGrail's] use of iconographic, ethnographic and historical evidence is highly impressive. ( Journal for Maritime Research)
Produced to an exemplary standard in an attractive double-column format, it provides clear and commendably concise summary of this rapidly expanding sub-discipline ... This impressive body of magisterial synthesis should be made available as widely as possible. ( Mariner's Mirror)
The book is well produced and the illustrations are both clear and lavish ... the evidence and the discussions are clearly set out, making it an accessible book for the non-specialist and specialist alike to use. Boats of the World will be an invaluable source for the study of ancient watercraft for many years to come. ( Ian Friel)
Maritime archaeology, the study of man's early encounter with the rivers and seas of the world, only came to the fore in the last decades of the twentieth century, long after its parent discipline, terrestrial archaeology, had been established. Yet there were seamen long before there were farmers, navigators before there were potters, and boatbuilders before there were wainwrights. In this book Professor McGrail attempts to correct some of the imbalance in our knowledge of the past by presenting the evidence for the building and use of early water transport: rafts, boats, and ships.
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