Sewn Boats in Oman and the Indian Ocean

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Sewn boats have been ubiquitous across the globe throughout history (Greenhill and Morrison, 1995: 118) and fibre and wood were the fundamental boatbuilding materials in the Oman peninsula for millennia. Evidence for their use appears in the archaeological record in the 3rd millennium BCE but the level of technical development plus the archaeological record of international trade, suggest a much longer history. This paper reviews elements of the information from historical texts, ethnography, and archaeology in a synthesis to broadly outline the development and characteristics of sewn boats in the Indian Ocean.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-313
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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