(p. xix) Acknowledgments
(p. xix) Acknowledgments
During the three years since Oxford University Press first proposed this volume to Donny Hamilton, a great number of people contributed to both forming the volume’s overall concept and bringing it to fruition. The anonymous reviewers of the original handbook proposal helped the editors formulate a more comprehensive approach to the subject matter. Their thoughts were complemented by those of other scholars, many of whom eventually became contributors, who reviewed the overall scope and proposed list of topics. Several of the contributors were approached early on, and their input helped frame the volume’s structure. Other informal but valuable advisers, such as John Hale, Dan Davis, and Mark Pollard, provided insights at various points throughout the process.
This handbook is a reflection of the determination of its contributing authors, their work, and that of their peers. Many of their thoughts, from formatting to author and topic selection, were adopted by the editors and deserve to be acknowledged. The support received from Oxford University Press and the liberties afforded to the editors allowed for all these valuable thoughts to be molded into the volume you now hold.
On the practical side, the always positive and effective staff of the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University and a number of talented graduate assistants were always there to tend to the numerous details involved in such an endeavor. We also wish to thank Texas A&M University Press for allowing us to reprint J. Richard Steffy’s illustrated glossary, and all those institutions, publishers, artists, photographers, and scholars who endorsed the use of their work in this volume, as it is elevated by the many informative illustrations that reflect and convey the breadth of maritime archaeology. Indexing was performed by Robert Swanson.
An academic career, like life, is a circuitous journey, ending up where you never anticipated, much less planned. I never set out to be a historical or a nautical archaeologist doing conservation, but that is what I have been doing for the past 33 years, since joining the faculty of the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University in 1978. This volume represents how far maritime archaeology has come. However, it could not have been compiled without the diligent, hard work of my two coeditors, Alexis Catsambis and Ben Ford, the best graduate students that I have had the privilege to work with. This volume stands as a testimony to them and all maritime archaeologists. It is also a tribute to a guy named Guy whom I met (p. xx) briefly once in Pecos, Texas, who told me when I was 18 that you can do anything you want to do. I believed him!
—Donny L. Hamilton
I acknowledge the love and support of Hilliary Creely, who patiently allowed me to sequester myself with a laptop weekend after weekend for the past several months. I also wish to thank the friends and colleagues who responded to the many technical questions that arose while editing; their wide knowledge base and willingness to help have improved this volume in countless ways. The Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation paid my salary for the first year of this project, allowing me to dedicate a substantial amount of time to the volume. Finally, compiling and editing a volume of this size and breadth is well beyond my individual abilities and I gratefully acknowledge the strengths and determination of my coeditors; without them this volume would not exist.
It is the unwavering encouragement of my wife, family, and close friends that has allowed me to commit my efforts to this volume. In large part, therefore, what my contribution has added to this endeavor is owed to the caring people around me. The support of a number of institutions—the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, the Nautical Archaeology Program of Texas A&M University, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the Center for Maritime Archaeology & Conservation, the Naval History & Heritage Command, SEASPACE, and the Hellenic Professional Society of Texas—granted me the freedom to pursue this opportunity. I am most grateful for their backing. To all my tutors, colleagues, and friends who have mentored and led me through this exciting field, thank you. To the Clemson Conservation Center, the Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition, the Hellenic Institute of Ancient and Mediaeval Alexandrian Studies, the Institute for Exploration, the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology, and the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, my warm gratitude for your guidance. My name here appears due to the work of the great number of contributors that have made this volume what it is. Without the trust, generosity, and determination of my fellow editors, however, I would not be writing these words.