Rock Art: A Potential Source of Information about Past Maritime Technology in the South-East Asia-Pacific Region

Peter V Lape, Susan O'Connor, Nicholas Burningham

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    Abstract

    It is possible that most or all boats and rig-types used in prehistoric times in the South-East Asia-Pacific region have completely disappeared from the record, and that those recorded by Europeans in the 17th century may have been relatively recent innovations. The purpose of this paper is to introduce to the literature a new source of information on ancient boat and rig designs. This source is the information encoded in rock-art depictions of watercraft. This paper provides a technical appraisal of 18 images of watercraft from the Tutuala region of East Timor.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)238-253
    JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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