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Traditional Shipbuilding on the Island of Samos, Greece: Recording the Tangible and Intangible Data

Velentza, Katerina



This paper presents tangible and intangible data related to traditional shipbuilding on the island of Samos. This shipbuilding activity along with the material culture produced are expressions of local knowledge, namely a system of deep knowledge, understandings and skills developed by individuals and populations specific to the place they live. Through analysis of information recorded during fieldwork in 2022, the significant links between traditional wooden shipbuilding and local knowledge of the Aegean communities are explored. The study closes with future considerations regarding the potential of maritime heritage to support sustainable and resilient ways of living in the Aegean Sea.


Velentza, K. (2024). Traditional Shipbuilding on the Island of Samos, Greece: Recording the Tangible and Intangible Data. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 15, 2024
Online Publication Date Jun 7, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Jun 7, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 11, 2024
Journal International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Print ISSN 1057-2414
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Wooden shipbuilding; Traditional boats; Shipyards; Maritime heritage; Local knowledge; Aegean Sea
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