Biblical Archaeology Review 32:6, November/December 2006

Archaeological Views: Archaeology Under the Sea

By Shelley Wachsmann

Ships are among any culture’s most technologically complex artifacts. Even today, one can argue that NASA’s space shuttles—space “ships”—represent the most complex type of artifact humanity has ever created. Virtually everything ever made or used by humans was at one time or another carried onboard a ship, including the pyramids (stone by stone, of course). And because ships often sank in ways that made them inaccessible to human and natural destruction—landing in deep water or rapidly buried by a protective cover of sediment—some of them have survived, allowing nautical archaeologists to excavate and study them.

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