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Master Frame and Flat Floor-Timber: An ‘Architectural Signature’ of the Mediterranean Shipyards?

Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris, Musée National de la Marine, 75116 Paris, France
Academic Editor: Deborah Cvikel
Heritage 2021, 4(4), 2623-2642; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage4040148
Received: 4 August 2021 / Revised: 7 September 2021 / Accepted: 10 September 2021 / Published: 23 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Shipwreck Archaeology)
This article is an attempt to analyse the master frame form characterised by a flat floor-timber, a sharp or shaped turn of the bilge, and more or less straight sides. This form of master frame is associated with the Mediterranean architecture of the ‘frame-based’ principle, as attested from the end of the 5th century to the beginning of the 6th century AD Dor 2001/1 shipwreck (Israel), which is considered as one of the five origins (Root 4: Nilotic-riverine) of the ‘frame-based’ architecture. A series of medieval and modern wrecks of coastal ships and galleys bear witness to this form of master frame linked more generally to the Mediterranean whole moulding. In view of the consistency of these archaeological as well as ethnographic evidence on traditional Mediterranean shipbuilding, this form of master frame with a flat floor-timber appears to be one of the most revealing ‘architectural signatures’ of the practices of Mediterranean shipyards. View Full-Text
Keywords: architectural signature; flat floor-timber; frame-first shipbuilding; master frame; Mediterranean whole moulding architectural signature; flat floor-timber; frame-first shipbuilding; master frame; Mediterranean whole moulding
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