Introductions to Heritage Assets (Ships and Boats)
Our Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for ships and boats are accessible, authoritative, well-illustrated summaries of what we know about the development of watercraft.
What IHAs cover
While there is no aspiration to have an entirely comprehensive series covering all types of vessels from early prehistory to the years immediately following the Second World War, the two IHAs consider:
- All vessels used on inland waters, coastal waters and the open sea
- Identify key archaeological discoveries
- Address the main vessel types, including submarines and those that are now buried underground and those no longer afloat
Both IHAs share a common approach, headings and format.
A short Introduction defines the type of vessels addressed within the broad timeframes presented.
This is followed by a Description and Chronology which considers in greater detail the development of ships and boats through time.
In each case a narrative guide to Further Reading is supplied, which signposts key works, especially those of an accessible character.
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Also of interest...
Our selection guides help us to recommend whether or not a site should be added to the List.
Find out more about protected wreck sites, why they are protected, and how to access them.
Read our Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for archaeological sites and monuments.