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180 pages

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Published Jul 2014

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781905739950

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Ships, Saints and Sealore

Cultural Heritage and Ethnography of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea

Edited by Dionisius A. Agius, Timmy Gambin, Athena Trakadas

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A selection of conference papers and other contributions see the coming-together of scholars and researchers from backgrounds as diverse as archaeology, history, ethnography, maritime and heritage studies, to offer an engaging and insightful study of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea and its influences on various factors of life, past and present.



Foreword ;
Introduction: A seaman’s view of the Mediterranean (Seán McGrail) ;

I. Maritime Rituals, Superstitions and Ship Images ;
Maritime activity and the Divine – an overview of religious expression by Mediterranean seafarers, fishermen and travellers (Timmy Gambin) ;
Hazards at sea: a case-study of two ex-voto paintings from the Church of the Karmelitani Skalzi in Bormla, Malta (Simon Mercieca) ;

II. Confraternities in Maritime Culture ;
The Holy Vessel: the Vascelluzzo of Messina during the early modern period (Carmelina Gugliuzzo) ;
Two maritime related confraternities established at Bormla (Cospicua) parish church, Malta (Emanuel Magro Conti) ;

III. Maritime Heritage: Historical Narratives ;
Quatri partitu en cosmographia pratica i por otro nombre llamado Espejo de navegantes by Alonso de Chaves: a navigation manual for the instruction of Spanish pilots in the sixteenth century (Maravillas Aguiar) ;
Images of pirates and slaves in traditional Greek popular songs (Efsevia Lasithiotaki) ;

IV. Ethnography, Tourism and Maritime Heritage ;
Sun, sand and sea: tourism and the commodification of Malta’s maritime heritage (Jeremy Boissevain) ;
Work, tourism and the sea: Bulgarian experiences in Malta (Irina Atanasova) ;
Lateen sails versus fibreglass boats: the contradictions of a maritime heritage process – the Platja dels Pescadors on the Catalonian coast (Eliseu Carbonell) ;
The Maritime Museum of Barcelona’s approach to maritime ethnology: research and communications (Enric Garcia Domingo) ;

V. Maritime Archaeology: Traditions and Practices ;
Sailing the Red Sea: ships, infrastructure, seafarers and society (Cheryl Ward) ;
The dgħajsa: a Phoenician survival (Alec Tilley) ;
Maritime ethnography and archaeology (Seán McGrail) ;
The maritime heritage of Yemen: a focus on traditional wooden ‘dhows’ (Dionisius A. Agius, John P. Cooper and Chiara Zazzaro) ;
The hūrī of Socotra: cultural treasure or coastal trash? (Julian Jansen van Rensburg) ;