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Force Analysis of Ancient Greco-Roman Rams and Warships

Author(s): Kristina J. Fricker ; Sean C. Cox ; Trevor Hough

Year: 2017

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Ancient naval warfare is a subject of fascination for many archaeologists, but little is known about the actual warships; the lack of available archaeological material makes the study of naval warfare largely hypothetical.  The recovery of the Athlit Ram in 1980 and other subsequent finds, such as the Egadi Rams, expanded the available archaeological material drastically, and may provide some insight as to the physical characteristics and limitations of warships of the era.  The purpose of this paper is to mathematically analyze the designs of extant rams, specifically the Athlit Ram, to determine the type and amount of damage they could inflict upon enemy vessels given different conditions and variables.  This analysis will primarily focus on the manner in which different speeds and forces damage or alter mortise and tennon hull planking.  

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Force Analysis of Ancient Greco-Roman Rams and Warships. Kristina J. Fricker, Sean C. Cox, Trevor Hough. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435426)


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

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PaperId(s): 374

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