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date: 20 October 2019

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This article studies the connectedness of Europe during the Bronze Age, which was complemented by the existence of seafaring and riverine navigation. It outlines the state of knowledge of this form of travel, and studies the direct evidence provided by a small number of wrecks and a larger body of iconographic representations of boats and ships. The article also provides an overview of some of the available sources. It, furthermore, discusses the features of boat and ship construction, seafaring, and riverine navigation in three specific geographical regions, namely: the Mediterranean, Atlantic Europe, and the rivers of Europe. The article concludes with current debates and future developments in maritime archaeology.

Keywords: seafaring, riverine navigation, wrecks, iconographic representations, ship construction, maritime archaeology

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