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date: 19 August 2019

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This article gives information about the role of computational technology in assisting nautical archaeologists. Advances in computing, recording, and instrumentation technology have impacted both, the way the fieldwork is carried out, and how the gathered data is stored, processed, and presented. Ship reconstruction can be based on inferences from partially recovered archaeological evidence and other written sources. This article describes the approach of “textual excavation”. There are two means of representing and describing ships—textual and visual. Textual representations include treatises that offer information about ship design, construction techniques, and the evolution of shipbuilding. The components of a vessel can be depicted graphically in form of treatises, drawings, and photographs of timbers and ship fragments. Visual representations can augment the understanding of a vessel and its components. Digital collections facilitate dissemination of archaeological data.

Keywords: computational technology, instrumentation technology, ship reconstruction, textual excavation, shipbuilding, archaeological data

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