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Toward a history of nautical archaeology: Boats and history by Éric Rieth (review)

Abstract : Éric Rieth is a renowned nautical archaeologist, head of the underwater archaeology department at Musée national de la Marine in Paris, who has always shown a deep interest in its collections and in the founders of his discipline. He has conducted a historiographical investigation on ship archaeology which is both an introduction to this discipline for nonspecialists and an epistemological reflection for fellow researchers. Although archaeologists have long been interested in the history of their discipline, this work stands out for its focus on the long history of ship archaeology and the currents of thought running through it. Published in Classiques Garnier's collection "Histoire des techniques" and subtitled Les bateaux et l'histoire, the book focuses on how the history of shipbuilding has been written since the sixteenth century. It is in French, so some discipline-related vocabulary might be difficult to set out, even though Reith refers to similar issues in other languages in order to demonstrate what is at stake in characterizing the discipline.
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Géraldine Barron. Toward a history of nautical archaeology: Boats and history by Éric Rieth (review). Technology and Culture, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021, 62 (3), pp.931-933. ⟨10.1353/tech.2021.0122⟩. ⟨hal-03381562⟩

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