Despite a great deal of research undertaken by historians, archaeologists and other maritime scholars, there remains a rather poor understanding of the design and construction of ships that sailed the Red Sea and Indian Ocean in antiquity. Similarly, there are few indications as to whether any unifying features existed that made them particularly suited to sailing in monsoonal conditions or within enclosed sea basins, or both. This kind of information is important to gain a deeper understanding of the types of boats used to carry cargo over long-distance trade routes in these pioneering times, early on in the shift to a globalised economy. It could also provide indirect evidence for port and harbour infrastructure available along these routes. This paper will evaluate the current state of knowledge concerning the types of vessels that plied the Red Sea and Indian Ocean trade routes from the Ptolemaic to the Roman period.
|Title of host publication||Human Interaction with the Environment in the Red Sea|
|Subtitle of host publication||Selected Papers of Red Sea Project VI|
|Editors||Dionysus A. Agius, Emad Khalil, Eleanor Scerri, Alun Williams|
|Place of Publication||Leiden, Netherlands|
|Number of pages||36|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Apr 2017|
Kotarba-Morley, A. M. (2017). The maritime context of the trans-Mediterranean–Indian Ocean trade: Critical review of the Roman era vessels of the Red Sea. In D. A. Agius, E. Khalil, E. Scerri, & A. Williams (Eds.), Human Interaction with the Environment in the Red Sea: Selected Papers of Red Sea Project VI (pp. 171-206). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004330825_010