Title

Innovations in Early Maritime Technology in Mesopotamia and the Arabian Gulf

Source of Publication

Social Science Quarterly

Abstract

© 2020 by the Southwestern Social Science Association Objective: The objective of the article is to address the following fundamental questions: First, to what extent can Bronze Age maritime technology in Mesopotamia and the Gulf be considered an example of historical innovation, given the limited set of evidence? Second, what are the challenges of effectively measuring and analyzing maritime technological “innovation” in this period? Third, what methodologies have been recently developed to help us better understand these innovations?. Methods: The method relies on historical-archaeological analysis of the evidence as well as experimental archaeological reconstruction. Results: The study suggest that while the archaeological and textual evidence clearly shows that innovations took place, the paucity of that evidence limits any detailed analysis of innovation. Conclusion: Due to the limited data currently available to us, maritime experimental archaeology provides the best methodology for potentially understanding these innovations until further archaeological discoveries are made related to the subject.

Document Type

Article

Publisher

Wiley

Publication Date

1-1-2020

DOI

10.1111/ssqu.12918

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Eric Staples, Zayed University

Scopus ID

85097814136

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