Third International Marine Archaeological Conference of the Baltic Sea  

March 21 - 24, 2001 in Rostock, Germany

Life on board of ships as revealed by maritime archaeological investigations - the social cultural aspects of shipfinds and harbour constructions in the Baltic Area


Many centuries ago and even today the ship is one of the most important socio-economic links connecting the cultures around the Baltic Sea. Shipwrecks with their complexity and unity, represent better than any other archaeological finds, the interaction between men and sea. 

Nevertheless ship archaeological research programmes of the past were focused more on technical studies in shipbuilding than on socio-cultural interpretations of shipfinds.

Therefore the aim of this conference is to concentrate on socio-cultural developments of the exchange between maritime societies as reflected by investigations of shipwrecks and harbour constructions. Archaeological interpretations should also be discussed interdisciplinary in the light of research results of maritime historians and ethnologists at the conference. 

Which role did boats and ships play in the establishment of early cultures in the Baltic Sea Area? Can we distinguish "Maritime" from "Rural" societies? What organisational structures were necessary to operate boats and ships - the microcosmos of life on board? 

How did the construction of landing places and harbours influence the handling of boats and ships? To encourage interdisciplinary discussions we beg participants to speak not longer than 20 minutes and to provide posters, films, slides etc. to illustrate their thesis.



Rostock Maritime Museum Dept. of Ship Archaeology 
Maik-Jens Springmann 
August-Bebel-Strasse 1 18055 Rostock Germany 
Phone: ++49(0)381/25 20 60 
Fax: ++49/(0)381/27 254 


  • Institute of History at Rostock University 
  • German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven 
  • Södertörns högskola in Stockholm

publ Aug '00, rev jan '03

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