Arts and crafts in Roman shipbuilding: raw materials management, construction technology, use and disposal of barges in the Lower Rhine region in the Roman period
04 / 2007 - 07 / 2011
The proposed research programme focuses on the description and analysis of encounters between and interactive development of Roman and indigenous knowledge and construction systems relating to barges in the catchment basin of the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt in the Middle Roman period. The research will be based on the combined use of historical, archaeological and physical data. It will attempt to establish the process of raw material procurement for and the design and construction, intended function, actual use and disposal of Roman period barges, and any changes that occurred.