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Archaeology of East Asian Shipbuilding

Jun Kimura

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"The most comprehensive technical inventory of East Asian shipbuilding and shipwrecks available to date, this detailed analysis refines our understanding of East Asia ship construction."-Hans Konrad Van Tilburg, author of Chinese Junks on the Pacific: Views from a Different Deck

"Based on original language sources and the remains of numerous wrecked Asian ships from sites dating back hundreds of years, this definitive volume substantially revises our understanding and appreciation of Asian seafaring."--James P. Delgado, author of Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada


In this innovative study, Jun Kimura integrates historical data with archaeological findings to examine a wide array of eleventh- through nineteenth-century ships from China, Korea, and Japan. Chinese junks and Japanese sailing ships were known throughout the world, and this work illustrates why their innovative designs have survived the centuries.

Kimura presents an extensive dataset of excavated coastal and oceangoing ships that traveled the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the South China Sea. Three detailed case studies include the Shinan and Quanzhou wrecks and the Takashima underwater site. Using travel documents, cargo manifests, iconographic paintings, and other descriptive resources, as well as the archaeological evidence of hull components, wooden timbers, and iron remains, Kimura sheds new light on East Asian shipbuilding traditions.

Jun Kimura is junior associate professor at Tokai University.
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Awards
John Lyman Book Award Honorable Mention - 2017

Kimura. . . Has ably taken on a very complex task in integrating the arhcaeological evidence, especially hull remains, into the existing nationalistic view of seafaring in Southeast Asia. . . . Highly recommended.
--Choice

A comprehensive inventory of the known shipwrecks and a thorough study of their diversity and evolution. It is a major source of data and a seminal work for the development of the discipline.
--International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

Achieves a comprehensive understanding of the region’s shipbuilding traditions that captivates non-Asian audiences and encourages new thematic research methods in the Asian archaeological community. . . . A welcomed addition to the literature of maritime archaeology and East Asian studies.
--H-Net Reviews

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