In the last fifty years the investigation of maritime archaeological sites in teh sea, in teh coastal zone and in their interconnecting locales, has emerged as one of archaeology’s most dynamic and fast developing fields. No longer niche interest, maritime archaeology is recongnised as having central relevance in teh integrated study of the human past. Within maritime archaeology the study of watercraft has been understandably prominent and yet their potential is far from exhausted. In this book Jon Adams evaluates key espisodes of technical change in teh ways that ships were conceived, designed, built, used and disposed of. As technological puzzles they have long confounded explanatio but when viewed in teh context of the societies in which they were created, mysteries begin to dissolve.