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Fleets of Cahuita: Recording and Interpreting the Costa Rica Fishing Boats

Author(s): Bryan S Rose

Year: 2016

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Today Cahuitan fishermen often build and design their own fishing boats used for snorkel tours, lobster diving and artisanal fishing. These watercraft come in a variety of sizes, design and hull decorations. The builders have detailed knowledge about functions and features. Up until the early 1980s all these watercraft were log boat designs, evolving rapidly into modern fiberglass or dugouts covered in fiberglass. Distinctively designed oars are handmade with machetes and used to propel boats through the surf and treacherous reefs. The ECU team conducted traditional and 3-D recording of hull shapes, photographed construction features, and interviewed the captains and boat builders.

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Fleets of Cahuita: Recording and Interpreting the Costa Rica Fishing Boats. Bryan S Rose. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434457)


Temporal Keywords
20th- century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 310

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America