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A Categorisation of the Ships and Boats of the Egyptian New Kingdom

Michael Allen Stephens
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226 pages, Illustrated throughout in black & white and colour
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This book - a continuation of the author’s previous BAR work “A Categorisation and Examination of Egyptian Ships and Boats from the Rise of the Old to the End of the Middle Kingdoms” (BAR S2358, 2012) - brings together disparate strands of the study of ships and boats of the Egyptian New Kingdom. It collates previous categorisation systems for these watercraft and presents an overall system for ships and boats. Deck structures, mast and rigging and aspects of hull construction are also classified. This project will be an important addition to knowledge of Ancient Egyptian ships of the New Kingdom, and in combination with the author’s previous volume, will be the first work to deal comprehensively with boats and ships throughout all periods of Ancient Egypt.

Michael Stephens achieved his MA (Hons) in 2010, and is currently completing his PhD through Monash University, centring on the Egyptian New Kingdom navy. He has published journal articles and a previous BAR volume discussing aspects of ancient Egyptian ships, and his archaeological passion is informed by many years of sailing experience.

‘This work is a considerable contribution to the knowledge of Ancient Egyptian shipbuilding. To my knowledge this is the first monograph that focuses on the Ancient Egyptian Ships of the New Kingdom.’ Dr Alexander Belov, European Institute of Underwater Archaeology, France

‘Stephens continues his passionate exploration of ancient Egyptian representations of boats and ships in the second part of his extensive catalogue and typology of this rich resource. Stephens parses details, comments on realism in images, delves deeper into specific interpretations of functionality and activity and offers a framework for examining images New Kingdom watercraft. His practical experience is evident and a significant contribution to the catalogue.’ Professor Cheryl Ward, Institute of Nautical Archaeology