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The Rare Traces Of Constructional Procedures In "Practical Geometries"

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In the field of the history of Mediterranean naval architecture, the end of antiquity to the beginning of the Early Middle Ages corresponds to a period of profound changes. In a first part, the principal characteristics of naval architecture are recounted, on the basis of archaeological facts. A particular regard bears on the determinant role held by transverse carpentry, as much from the theoretical point of view as practical. In the second part the manner in which the mediaeval written sources testify to this privileged function of the transverse carpentry is examined. In the third part, the fashion in which one word particularly revealing of this vocabulary of mediaeval shipbuilding is found in that of terrestrial architecture of the same period is considered.

Keywords: mediaeval written source; Mediterranean naval architecture; terrestrial architecture; transverse carpentry



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